Master Class with Tim Burton
Director, producer, writer, animator, and artist Tim Burton joined post-secondary students and faculty to offer feedback on the work of animation students and to celebrate the medium of stop-motion animation.

To coincide with TIFF Bell Lightbox's inaugural exhibition Tim Burton, organized by MoMA, New York, Higher Learning invited the innovative, wonderfully creative, and celebrated artist for an intimate Master Class with post-secondary students and faculty. Six current or recently graduated animation students from a variety of Canadian colleges and universities were given the chance to present their short student films and to receive Burton's critiques, advice, and words of encouragement. Burton also discussed his early animation work, both as a student at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and as an apprentice with Walt Disney Productions Animation Studios. Following the student presentations, Burton participated in a Q&A session with the Higher Learning audience. Other topics included: the medium of stop-motion animation – its suitability to particular modes of story-telling, as well as Burton's own love of the medium and his current commitment to it at a time when CGI dominates the animation field. This Higher Learning event was held on November 23, 2010 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Hosted by Shane Smith, Director of Public Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Student Films:

  • Monster in the Closet by Sarah Rotella, student in Integrated Media, OCAD University
  • The Arctic Circle by Kevin Parry, student in Animation, Sheridan College
  • Starsearcher by Adam Brown, student in Film Production, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Richard Mitchell, student in Digital Animation, Centennial College
  • Opening Day by Alexander Bosch, Theo Wolff, Edward Glover, and Mark Schuenemann, students in Animation, Loyalist College
  • Yellow Wallpaper by Anne Koizumi, student in Film Production, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University