Showing animation techniques at Edinburgh Filmhouse Cinema

Showing animation techniques at Edinburgh Filmhouse Cinema

Animation Jam was founded by me, Jim Stirk, in summer 2014.  Before this I spent ten years as Workshops Manager for Red Kite Animation, managing and delivering workshops with children, young people and adults all over Scotland (and sometimes further afield).  I graduated in animation from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 and then worked for 6 years at West Highland Animation studio in Balquhidder, where I made Gaelic TV series and interactive games and comics.  Since then I've been teaching animation and working as a freelance animator.  Recently I've been animating online children’s games for the BBC, including Mr Bloom's Nursery, Barkmania and Gigglebiz.   

I love teaching animation and feel in tune with the funky ideas and creatures the workshop participants come up with (I may have become a cartoon character myself!).  I also have a showreel of my own animation if you want to see more. 

Animation is magic  it lets you make impossible things happen.  You can be as creative and imaginative as you like and you don’t need expensive equipment or a lot of space.  It’s a great way to get your ideas across – you can say a lot in a short space of time.  You don’t have to be able to make intricate drawings or models to make a good film either: in fact the simplest often work the best.  There are a lot of other things involved too – script-writing and recording dialogue for example – so there’s something for everyone.