Perfect your character animation techniques over two days under the supervision of the talented Peggy Arel!


With more than 15 years of experience working on renowned television series and feature films such as Anomalisa (USA, 2015), Missing Link (USA, 2019),  and O Apóstolo (Spain, 2012), Peggy will guide you through character animation exercises focusing on communicating your puppets' emotions.


A puppet made by another one of our special guests, Mary Murphy, will be loaned to you for the occasion.


Workshop: Character animation


Presented in collaboration with Dragonframe and Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette - MIAM








Mentor: Peggy Arel, animator (Montreal, QC)

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Where: Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette - MIAM (Outremont)  


Group 1: Monday - Tuesday, Sept. 16-17 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM


Group 2: Wednesday – Thursday, Sept. 18-19 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM


Level: Intermediate/Advance

Cost: 250.00$+tx for 2 days of workshop

Registration: [email protected]

Note: The workshop will be offered in English




* If you are interested in learning how to make your own similar puppet – sign up for our production workshop!

Peggy has acquired vast experience in the animation film industry over the years. Her work was noticed while studying at Concordia University in Montreal and she received an invitation to join the team at the innovative computer animation studio, Taarna, following her studies. Loving a good challenge and always trying her best to surpass her own accomplishments, she quickly became a specialist there in research and creation of facial expressions modelled using Motion-Capture tools.  


Her love for team work, devotion to the technique and constant yearn for a challenge brought her to work on feature films following years working around the world on different television series like ''Dragon and friends'' in Germany. With her exceptional animation abilities and communication skills, she was asked to become the stop motion supervisor on the feature film, O'Apostolo, in Spain in 2009. She was also a lead animator for acclaimed director Charlie Kaufman and co-director Duke Johnson's first stop motion feature film, ''Anomalisa'' in Los Angeles, California. After picking up work on other projects there and in Switzerland in the following years, she went on to join the team of animators at Laika Studio's in Portland, Oregon on the film ''Missing Link''.


One of Peggy’s strongest animation career highlights can be found in ''Anomalisa'', with her work on the woman in the bar sequence. Unlike many animators in the industry, she did not use any LAV (live action video references) to animate all the shots from that sequence of the film. ''Anomalisa'' was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015.


More collaborations coming up this Fall and next year for Peggy, on different projects in Portland, Oregon including animating for director Guillermo Del Toro's next stop motion feature film, ''Pinocchio''.

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Photos: Shooting sets of the feature film Anomalisa, 2015

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