Cadence 2023 – Animated Poetry Workshop with Neely Goniodsky [Virtual + In-Person]

April 8, 2023, 11:00AM - 5:00PM PST
[Rescheduled from April 1]


All workshops have a suggested registration fee of $75.

Sliding scale, pay-what-you-can prices are available starting from $10, but we humbly request that participants contribute the amount that they are able to ensure that the programs remain accessible.

Duration: 6h
Instructor: Neely Goniodsky


Work with animator Neely Goniodsky on creating a visual interpretation of a poem, using plasticine and stop motion techniques!  

The introductory, generative, and hands-on workshop is recommended for adults, youth ages 14+, and ages 10+ with adult assistance. This workshop will also be presented virtually with live captions. Virtual participants will be sent a workshop kit in advance of the workshop and can follow along with the instructor, and get live assistance from the instructor and other NWFF staff.  

The workshop begins with a short storyboarding exercise, where each participant will be given a few lines from a poem by a local poet and learn how to translate words into visual compositions and motion design. 

After a demonstration of the process, participants will dive straight into animating and have an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with the class. Time will remain for feedback and suggestions from the instructor, as well as additional tricks and techniques, shown in real-time.  

Finished works will be uploaded to a shared online folder, so that they can be assembled into a single poetry film which will be shown during Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2023.  


  • Animation Station – Cardboard box that can fit your light and device. Virtual participants should source a cardboard box
  • Plasticine


  • A tablet or phone with Stop Motion Studio installed – NWFF will have some devices available for in-person participants who need it. Virtual participants must source their own device.
  • Small Light – Get creative and see what you can do with a reading lamp or a flashlight. The lit area should be bright, though everyone’s light won’t necessarily look the same.


For all in-person attendants, we are requiring masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are aware that Washington lifted the indoor mask requirement on 3/12/2022; this is NWFF’s own policy. We will also have hand sanitizer and additional cleaning supplies available to clean all used surfaces.

If you have any additional questions, please email NWFF Interim Executive Director Derek Edamura,  

Neely Goniodsky

Neely Goniodsky

Neely Goniodsky has a BA in animation from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London.

Her main focus is 2D animated films, but her body of work also includes video installations, paintings, drawings, and collage. Some of her noteworthy productions include ‘Conception Series Season 2’ for the New York Times, ‘The Smiths’ a Seattle University production, and ‘Pearl’ a  National Film Board of Canada production.

Her films have been screened at many local and international film festival, such as Animasivo, Local Sightings, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Anifilm, Animafest, NW Animation Festival, and Encounters.

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⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

Header image credit: corps minéral, dir. Charline Dally @charline_dally Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin

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