Lotte Reiniger and Simple, Analogue-Style, Silhouette Puppets & Animation

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About this Event

Learn about Lotte Reiniger and make some silhouette animations. You'll have a chance to use TAIS' Lotte Reiniger's table!

Registration closes on January 15, 2024

Cost includes a 3.5% processing fee

This is a one day workshop.

Saturday January 20 2024

Beginner and/or Intermediate Animators:

All levels of animators

About the Course

Starting with a quick history, we’ll introduce the class to pioneer filmmaker, Lotte Reiniger, known for her signature silhouette films. We’ll cover simple and more elaborate cutout puppets including alternative methods of construction using easily found materials. This will be followed by an opportunity to get under camera and animate. Materials will be provided and everyone will get the opportunity to see their puppet come to life. Please come with character design ideas. We’ll have a (boreal) forest environment background on the table Reiniger had made for her work in Canada. Additional BGs at other stations: underwater, an underground burrow, a cave, and the jungle. We’ll be making puppets up to roughly 4 or 5” on their longest side. If you bring a USB stick, you can take home a copy of the raw footage. If you wish to leave an email address with Lynn, she will produce a credited version with sound at a later date and connect you with a link to it on Vimeo where you can download a copy for a limited time.

About the Instructor

A Sheridan Classical Animation grad, Lynn's experience ranges from int’l. film fests to studios including Stoopid Buddy (Toronto), Cuppa Coffee, Halifax Film Corp., and Alliance Atlantis for AMC, the CBC, BBC, Family, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Logo, et. al. Work includes TV series (“Ultra City Smiths”, “Scout & the Gumboot Kids”, “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All the World”), specials (“A Miser Brothers’ Christmas”), docs (“Book of Dog”, “Four Faces of the Moon”), ads & interstitials (Sesame Street, Google AI, TVO’s “What’s Inside?”), indie film & art installations (“Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice”, “Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)”), plus personal shorts (“Chrysalis”, “(Re)Cycle”). She’s taught at OCADU, TIFF, works repeatedly with TAIS, and was TPL’s first animator for the “Artist In the Library” residency where she worked with the community to produce “10,000 … Or So”. "I’m a professional stop-motion nomad. Getting my hands on a range of materials and moving them around under camera is what gets me excited.”

Required Materials

  • TAIS will provide access to under-lit workstations with Dragonframe.
  • Materials (TAIS WILL SUPPLY):
    • Black card - Sharp scissors & Exacto knives
    • Pencils - Wire cutters & needle-nose pliers
    • Small, black paper brads - Hot glue & glue guns
    • Armature wire (fine)
    • Super glue
    • Butyl

Check out the results from similar past workshops taught by Lynn!

"Burrow" https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/314908657

"Mystery Cave" https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/305806287

"Water" https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/259095283

"Jungle" https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/86082274

Questions? contact [tais.animation@gmail.com]()

Presented by Goethe x OCAD U x TAIS as part of DesignTO

Accompanied by a panel discussion on Lotte Reiniger’s innovation and impact at the Goethe-Institut and a screening for students at OCAD.



Date and Time


12:00 pm – 06:00 pm


1411 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
Unit B


Lynn Dana Wilton

Available Vacancies

4 remaining