Local Sightings 2019: Direct Cameraless Animation

This event took place on Sep 21, 2019

$50-$150 Sliding Scale Tuition*

Scholarships available upon request. Please apply here!

Duration: 5h
Instructor: Devon Damonte and Argo Navx


** Co-presented with Engauge Experimental Film Festival, hosted in November at NWFF! **

Learn a plethora of crackpot techniques not recommended by any manufacturer to create handcrafted motion graphics in 16mm and 35mm without any cameras or computers. Direct animation is an analog fine art offering experiential liberation from increasingly digital visual cultures. In this workshop participants will scratch, ink, paint, and collage etc. directly onto film leaders to create unique effects.

We’ll collaborate on creating a 35mm Welcome Film for the Engauge Experimental Film Festival at NWFF in November, similar to this trailer shown below! No experience necessary, and see your own creations on the big screen!

NOTE: Workshop will be held off-site at Pound Gallery (1216 10th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122) from 11:00pm to 4:00pm!



Who should participate? Is any experience necessary?
Newbies heartily encouraged! Especially science nerds and random misfits.

What is the minimum age for participation?
Participants under 16 should come with an adult responsible for monitoring stuff like razor blade usage, etc.

What materials will students be working with?
Sharpies, razor blades, inks, paints, plastic tablecloths, washi tapes, candy wrappers, bleach for the fumes-tolerant (can do that outside too)…

Can students bring their own materials?
Heck yeah! Best results = permanent inks and semi-transparent materials that stick on bending plastics without flaking off.

What kind of finished product might one expect?
Participants can make 16mm loops and bring them home, wear them as necklaces, string up raspberry plants with them, shoot them dead with cellphones, whatever.

We’ll be collaborating on a 35mm trailer? That’s amazing…
Heck yeah it is! Where else you gonna get 35mm hands-on production? Well, Evergreen college, but besides that? Nowhere! It’s wild! Large format movies at your fingertips, literally! The 90-second, 35mm Engauge Welcome for last year’s fest was composed by instructor Devon Damonte using all hi-con photograms and cyanotypes on film (!!). This year you get to mess with Devon’s footage to create the Engauge 2019 Welcome, huzzah!

Devon Damonte

Devon Damonte

Since 1989 Devon Damonte has made, taught, and shown handcrafted cameraless direct animation hither and yon, including: REDCat Theater at Disney Hall in LA; New York Film Festival Views from the Avant Garde; Ottawa International Animation Festival; Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley Art Museum; Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary; and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Devon is featured in recent books “The Animation Bible” by Maureen Furniss, and “Experimental Filmmaking: Break The Machine,” by Kathryn Ramey. Damonte is currently adjunct faculty at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA teaching a summer Visual Music 16mm & 35mm direct animation intensive, also a ringleader of the Crackpot Crafters collective, and believes we are now all smack dab in the Golden Age of Adhesive Tape.

Argo Navx

Argo Navx

Argo Navx is a Latina multimedia experimental artist, poet, filmmaker and musician currently living in Seattle. She enjoys experimenting with analog and digital techniques and has created music videos for independent bands. She is currently working on an album for September release along with a zine of bilingual poetry on roots, healing from trauma and self discovery.

Back to Festival Catalog:

Local Sightings Film Festival

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

A modern browser is required to view this site.

Please update your browser.

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

Notify me when new films, events, and workshops are coming up!