Animated Insights

Join the Aardman Academy as we host a series of online (via Zoom) guest speaker events designed to demystify and give insight into key areas of production within the Animation Industry. 

 

Through a programme of themed events held throughout the year, gain understanding of how industry professionals tackle a range of creative, technical, and aesthetic challenges to develop and create animated content across a range of practices, including:

THE ART OF ANIMATION

CHARACTER & PERFORMANCE

ANIMATION DIRECTION & PRODUCTION

STORY

Previous guest speakers have included:

Niki Lindroth von Bahr – Animation Director –‘The House’

Benedict Tomczyk-Bowen – Head of Story: ‘Lloyd of the Flies’

Joanna Quinn & Les Mills – Animation Director, writer & Producer – Beryl Productions International

Jennifer Lee – CCO of Walt Disney Animation Studio, Writer & Director of ‘Frozen’ and ‘Frozen II’

 

Event details and how to register are below.

The Art of Animation

Tuesday 21st March 2023 - 4PM - 9PM*

Overview:

Join us to hear from 4 Industry Leading guest speakers who will give insight into their approaches and practices to The Art of Animation – including Art Direction, Character Design, visual development and more.

 

Confirmed guest speakers include:

SARAH GOMES HARRIS

Co-creator, creative director, writer & series designer of BBC TV series 'SARAH & DUCK.'

 

IAN MACKINNON

Creative Director / Executive Producer and co-founder of Mackinnon & Saunders; one of the world’s leading puppet-making companies.

With over 30 years experience their work has been seen in feature films, commercials and TV series including: 'Bob the Builder', 'Postman Pat', 'Fifi & the Flowertots', Tim Burton’s 'Corpse Bride', Wes Anderson’s 'Fantastic Mr Fox' & most recently 'Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio'.

Full event details & final guest speakers will be confirmed nearer the event date.

Price: £30

Location: Online (via Zoom)

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Character & Performance

Tuesday 20th June 2023 - 11AM - 4:30PM* 

Overview:

Join us to hear from 4 Industry Leading guest speakers who will give insight into their approaches and practices into Character & Performance – including Movement Direction, Character Development, understanding animated performance and more.

Each guest will speak for approximately 45minutes, with a 15minute curated Q&A.

 

Price: £30

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Full event details & guest speakers will be confirmed nearer the event date.

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Animation Direction & Production

Tuesday 12th September 2023 - 4PM - 9PM*

Overview:

Join us to hear from 4 Industry Leading guest speakers who will give insight into their approaches and practices into Animation Direction & Production – including Directing Animators & Actors, Production & Department Management and more.

Each guest will speak for approximately 45minutes, with a 15minute curated Q&A.

Price: £30

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Full event details & guest speakers will be confirmed nearer the event date.

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Story

Tuesday 5th December 2023 - 11:00AM - 5:30PM*

Overview:

Join us to hear from 4 Industry Leading guest speakers who will give insight into their approaches and practices to Story – including writing, Directing, development, visualization and more.

Each guest will speak for approximately 45minutes, with a 15minute curated Q&A.

Price: £30

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Full event details & guest speakers will be confirmed nearer the event date.

 

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*All times shown are UK time and may be subject to change due to speaker availability. All events are held online via zoom.
Full event details & guest speakers will be confirmed nearer the event date. 
Event Aim

During each of our Animated Insight events you will hear from 4 of the industry’s leading professionals as they take part in hour-long sessions discussing how they approach focused areas of production – including key skills, individual experiences of creative problem solving, guidance, tips, tricks – and many more animated insights. 

 

Animated Insight events are open to all – whether you are an Animation Student, Industry professional, Graduate or just a fan of all things animated – this might be for you. 

 

Each event offers an opportunity for you to pose your questions to our invited guest speakers – but due to the on-line nature of these events, questions will be curated by the Academy and will need to be submitted in writing 24hrs prior to the event, with selected questions being asked on your behalf during the event. 

 
 
Who the events are for

The Aardman Academy’s Animated Insight events are designed for anyone with an interest in learning more about the industry! All abilities and ages are welcome.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with  [email protected]

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