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Jeff Chiba Stearns

Discipline: Film / Video, Interdisciplinary, Visual Arts
Homebase: Burnaby
Languages: English

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. He is also an accomplished illustrator and artist. After graduating from Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc in 2001. From viral video ads for companies like Sharpie and Post-it Note, to short and feature films including Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010) and Mixed Match (2016), Jeff's work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered over 35 awards. He also has a Bachelor of Education from UBC and taught high school animation. He was the senior classical animation instructor at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna for over four years. Jeff is currently working on developing his next film project and writing and illustrating children's books.


Testimonials

Jeff has taught several animation classes for our community workshops and was one of the guest speakers on Youth Media Day. It's always a pleasure to work with Jeff. He is extremely patient and caring about the students. His mastery of the art form as an established animator and renowned filmmaker has brought our students to a higher level of appreciation of the art form which they would not normally be able to obtain from ordinary school curriculum. His teaching style is engaging and entertaining; and he has a very special way to make the complicated technological aspect of animation accessible and fun for the young kids. Ying Wang, Executive and Artistic Director, Cinevolution Media Arts Society
I am happy and proud of the groundbreaking work being done by Jeff Chiba Stearns. Joy Kogawa, Author of Obasan, Itsuka, The Rain Ascends and Naomi's Road
I have witnessed Jeff's outstanding ability to not only sustain his practice as an artist but also provide leadership for a younger generation. Fred Wah, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Project Examples

Character Design and Animated Drawing


This workshop will teach students the principles of animation and character design. Through demonstration and exercises, students will learn drawing and animation techniques that will help them create their own cartoon characters and improve their drawing ability by learning how to draw solid, appealing and imaginative characters. Students will also learn animation industry trade secrets, tips and tricks to help develop and grow their drawing skills. Designing animation backgrounds, layouts and scene composition will also be taught. Students will create their own animation characters and worlds for their characters to exist all while receiving feedback and advice.

Animation for Any Classroom: Low Tech Animation Techniques


This workshop will showcase various low-tech animation techniques and show students fun and innovative ways to create animation without any special animation equipment. Students will be taught the principles of animation and animation drawing techniques through demonstrations and warm-up exercises. Students will then create animation using stop motion animation techniques such as pixilation and drawing with light. With the "lightning doodle" project, students work together to create an animation using only flashlights. This is an excellent way to foster creativity and collaboration and inspire students to continue creating animations without needing any special equipment.

Classical Animation Anijam


An "anijam" is a collaborative animation where various animators each create an individual animated segment that all link together to make one larger film. First students will be taught the principles of animation and animation drawing techniques through demonstrations and warm-up exercises. Then students will be given a topic and asked to create a hand-drawn classical animation using Post-it Notes. Students will utilize self-reflection and express their creativity through animation. The "anijam" has students working together by creating a larger animated film which is constructed using all the students' work. No drawing experience needed.

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