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:

STORY

THE ART OF ANIMATION

CHARACTER & PERFORMANCE

ANIMATION DIRECTION & PRODUCTION

Event details and how to register are below.

Story 

Tuesday 6th December 2022 - 11AM - 4:30PM*

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.


SESSION 1 - 11:00-12:00

SAM MORRISON

Sam Morrison is a screenwriter and story consultant with a background in animation. Initially a director at Nexus Productions and latterly Aardman, he moved to full-time screenwriting and has written for multiple children's series (Hey Duggee, Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep amongst others) as well as numerous Aardman projects from films (Robin Robin) to computer games, theatre shows and VR experiences.


SESSION 2 - 12:15-13:15

BENEDICT TOMCZYK-BOWEN

Benedict Tomczyk-Bowen has worked in animation since 2001, with clients including Aardman, Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, CBBC and others. 

His primary speciality is in story, having storyboarded for much of his time in the industry, recently culminating with Assistant Director, Head Of Story and Supervisor positions, as well as his own developmental work with Nickelodeon (Ooman and Moof). 

He lives in South Wales with his family where they're far too frequently rained on. 


SESSION 3 - 14:00-15:00

JOANNA QUINN & LES MILLS

Joanna Quinn & Les Mills are the creative minds behind the Oscar nominated & BAFTA winning studio - Beryl Productions International Ltd.

Since 1987 they have crafted some of the most recognisable hand-drawn character animation in Commercials - 'Charmin', 'United Airlines' – and Film – 'Body Beautiful', 'Britannia', 'Wife of Bath', 'Famous Fred' & most recently 'Affairs Of The Art'.


SESSION 4 - 16:30-17:30

JENNIFER LEE

Jennifer Lee is Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation studios - and the Academy Award winning writer and Director of 'Frozen' and 'Frozen II'.


 

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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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.

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

Price: £30

Location: Online (via Zoom)

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Character & Performance

Tuesday 23rd 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)

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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)

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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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