“Ignored, undervalued and misunderstood for decades, the work of the Layout Department is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves, not only in the history of the medium of Animation but in the teaching of the skills required for this ever-expanding industry. From the simplest of beginnings over a hundred years ago, Animation has moved from the theatre to the cinema to the domestic TV set to the point where, in 2018, it is a truly omnipresent medium, presented to us on hoardings, movie screens, laptops, tablet computers and mobile ‘phones. We readily accept Animation as part of the “scenery” of our daily lives, hopefully this short course will help students to appreciate the many ways in which scenery (and lighting and composition and editorial continuity) has played a vital role in the impact that Animated content continues to have on all of our lives”.
Fraser Maclean
In response to the presented historical, technical and behind-the-scenes material, students participating in the workshop(s) will be encouraged to explore and experiment for themselves using both traditional and digital toolkits and referencing everything from the environment around them to the rich archives of material available online and in the book, “Setting The Scene: The Art & Evolution of Animation Layout”.

Examples will be given from all eras of the development of the principles, practices and innovations of Layout in all its forms, with an emphasis on scene-by-scene breakdowns of some of the most significant sequences in the history of moving image communication and storytelling, from “Pinocchio” to the present day.

Dates: 17, 18, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Where?: Voxel School
Cost Voxel Students: 175 €
Cost  Students: 265 €
10:00 – 13:00 Master Class with Fraser Maclean
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch time
14:30 – 17:30 Working time with Fraser Maclean supervision

Materials: No need any additional material, Voxel School will provide all material for the workshop ( digital and traditional work) .


Fraser McLean has worked for both Disney and Warner Bros. Feature Animation as a special effects animator, artistic coordinator and production software supervisor, his many film credits include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), “Space Jam” (1997) and “Tarzan” (1999). In 2011 his book “Setting the Scene: The Art and Evolution of Animated Layout” (Chronicle Books) was released to great acclaim.

During this Workshop Fraser MacLean will be drawing on his extensive knowledge to talk about the journey from storyboard to layout, environment design and visual dramatizatión..