We are hosting a series of public seminars devoted to the creative works of Karel Zeman, to individual films, to special effects and animation technology. These seminars are aimed at Czech and non-Czech specialists, at students of film and at interested members of the public at large.


A series of lectures starting April 20, 2013!

Boris Masník: From Karel Zeman to digital technology

The first lecture will look behind the scenes of special effects used in the Czech Republic and the world.

Within his 2 hour lecture, full of intriguing examples, Boris Masník will guide you through the development of animation production since the classical techniques used in the 20th century of which the visionary Karel Zeman was a master, to the technologies used today. He will introduce you to various techniques, groundbreaking films as well as current trends in computer effects in the era of 3D movies and digital technology.

Limited capacity! Book your place on time.

See the upcomming events section for the next lectures!

•Price 90 CZK / person • 60 CZK / students and visitors of the museum with a ticket to exposition. 

For informations and reservation write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +420 724 341 091


Boris Masník
(* April 11, 1951) is a special effects artist and supervisor of film effects.

He studied at the Academy of Arts in Prague, majoring in film and television graphics. In 1977 he joined the animation studio Barrandov. During the next 21 years he worked as a special effects specialist making film effects for nearly a hundred Czech and foreign film and audiovisual projects. He helped develop and apply new special effect technology.

In 1998 he joined UPP (Universal Production Partners) in Prague, which handles digital post-production, computer animation and film effects. He is devoted to connecting classic film techniques to the new digital technology and to digital technology itself. His work was recognized at the IFF Karlovy Vary 1999 with the Alfred Radok prize. He is also an active teacher at several film universities and colleges. Boris Masník acted as consultant in the preparation of the permanent exhibition at Karel Zeman Museum and the UPP team under his leadership are responsible for preparing the digitization of the works of Zeman being published in a special edition by the Karel Zeman Museum.

Other dates can be arranged for groups on request. The lecture can be arranged to be held in English. The course is suitable for students of secondary schools and universities and the wider public with a deeper interest in cinematography, film special effects and animation.