Training & Development

Youth Animation Workshop

Youth Animation Workshop

Start date:
July 26, 2016
Ability Level:

Inspired by a presentation of shot stop-motion animated films, theoretical discussion of animation and practical exercises, participants make one-minute animated films.

26, 28 and 30 July and 2, 4, 6 and 9 August

During the classroom period, sessions take place three days a week.
Timings: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Arabic and English

QR 700

Group Size
20 participants

Programme Level
Applicants must be between 8 and 14 years old

Selection Criteria
Applicants should submit an email to before 26 July 2016. Applicants must commit to attending the full two-weeks of the lab.


The DFI Youth Animation Workshop is a hands-on introduction for young people to all the elements required for creating and producing a stop-motion animated film.

All participants have the chance to experience the filmmaking process, depending on their interests and strengths. The final outcome is the production of four short animated films (one to two minutes in length) that every workshop participant has helped to produce.

The workshop starts with an introduction to animated films and different animation techniques, followed by a brainstorming and storywriting session, to allow the young talents to come up with their own stories.

Participants will present their scripts to a selection committee. Four of these scripts will each become the basis of the four animated films to be produced over the course of the workshop.

Participants are then divided into four groups, based on their interests, to perform the following:

  • Model Making
  • Set Building
  • Storywriting and Development
  • Start and End Credits

This group structure helps to introduce all the components necessary for the creation of an animated film. With the assistance of the mentor, each group develops and completes their portion of the film.

Screening breaks allow participants to watch a large number of animated shorts, each with a focus on the subject of the current session.

Materials and Equipment Used

  • Camera and/or iPad
  • Tripods
  • Basic lighting equipment
  • Modeling clay
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Scissors, cutters, cutting pad, glue
  • Colouring pens and pencils
  • Acrylic paint

Class Participation

Participation during this workshop is very important. Participants should prepare for every session and should always be ready to contribute to discussions, ask questions, and work as a team to ensure all the projects are executed within the timeframe allowed.


Tuesday, 26 July – Introduction:

  • Animation and its techniques with a focus on stop-motion
  • Creating a concept and writing a story (plot, protagonist, antagonist, supporting characters)
  • Brainstorming and storywriting exercise
  • Filmmaking teams and their tasks
  • Split attendees into four groups
  • Screening break: Different kinds of animated short films (stop-motion, 2D, 3D, etc.)

Thursday, 28 July – Session 1:

  • Introduction to set-building, model-making and props
  • Start filmmaking process:
    • Group 1: Creation of characters
    • Group 2: Set creation and preparation for set building
    • Group 3: Storywriting/development
    • Group 4: Prepare start and end credits in stop-motion
  • Screening break: Focus on sets, props and creation of the story world

Saturday, 30 July – Session 2:

  • Introduction to storyboards and animatic
  • Proceed w/ Filmmaking Process
    • Group 1: Start modelling characters
    • Group 2: Start set building – four locations
    • Group 3: Prepare storyboards and present to all attendees
    • Group 4: Prepare start and end credits in stop-motion
  • Screening Break: Focus on story elements

Tuesday, 2 August – Session 3:

  • Introduction to lighting
  • Lighting and preparation of sets for shooting
  • Participants are split into four groups, one per film
  • Start animation and shooting
  • Screening break: Focus on lighting

Thursday, 4 August – Session 4:

  • Introduction to sound and music
  • Proceed with animation and shooting
  • Screening break: Focus on music and sound effects

Saturday, 6 August – Session 5:

  • Introduction to film editing, voiceover and final product
  • Proceed with animation and shooting
  • Screening break: Focus on editing and voiceover

Tuesday, 9 August – Closing Session:

  • Introduction to film festivals and screenings (Ajyal, Qumra, animation film festivals, etc.)
  • Screening of final films


Fadi Syriani

Born in Beirut, Fadi Syriani is an animation and comic artist, and a holder of a Master’s degree in Architecture. His work has been screened in several film festivals in Lebanon, Europe and Canada. He is currently working on a short animated film and has been recently awarded an AFAC grant for cinema. The film was nominated for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize for International Cooperation in 2015.