Fram, the polar bear at EducaTIFF
We were presented on June 5 and 6, together with Fram, the Polar Bear at the biggest international film festival from Romania: Transilvania Film Festival, or shortly, as it is known among the participants, TIFF.
In each of these days we had a workshop as part of the EDUCATIFF – Film Education section during which the participants played, had fun and sketched illustrations guided by Adrian Barbu, the artistic director of the project Fram, the Polar Bear, and by Radu Muresan (illustrator).
The audience was diverse, but eager to get to know the most famous polar bear, Fram, and also willing to learn and discover their artistic talents. The main purpose of the workshop Illustrative Drawings at EDUCATIFF was to learn techniques and procedures through which real-life animals become illustrated characters in books or films by going through the same artistic process that we have used with Fram, the Polar Bear.
On the first day of the workshop, the participants (children and parents) were curious to see how animation characters are created. Adrian and Radu showed them drawing techniques and “professional secrets” of turning a real animal into an animated hero who smiles, gets sad, laughs, walks, jumps or dances.
On the second day of the workshop, second-grade students of the Avram Iancu High School joined us and attempted to create story characters of the animal world being led by Adrian Barbu. Of course, the main example was the bear cub Fram. Then the participants tried to turn their favorite plush toys into animated characters, after which they started to learn how to create details, how to create facial expressions, how to draw body language, how to express gestures and attitudes and how to use their imagination to create complex drawings starting from minimal elements.
TIFF was the perfect opportunity to present Fram to the citizens of Cluj and all lovers of illustrations and animations, but also as an opportunity for the little ones to discover their passion for illustration. We hope that Fram, the Polar Bear will also be presented as at feature animation at a future TIFF edition. Who knows?