Animators informed us that they found information about the sector and opportunities difficult to find.
Try to do lots of different projects with different people.
At university I found the most important things I learned were not from the tutors but from the other students. It’s interesting to see how many people help on your projects and to think about how you can continue this.
Seek out anyone prepared to talk about or teach you their work and process and how they do it. Listen to a fraction of the stories that came before yours and you will benefit enormously.
Animators reported that the most useful things they had learned in their careers came often from the other animators and mentors.
"Short form animation provides the development arena needed for animators to hone and perfect their craft outside of the confines of the commercial industry. Although not particularly commercially viable, the techniques and skills developed in short form feed directly into the commercial industry. British auteur animation, in its own right, is something to be culturally proud of".
Animation is no longer an artistic backwater but a massively broad industry that integrates into the digital economy so lauded by the Government. You can’t have a cutting edge animation industry if you don’t support its practitioners’ most artistic endeavours.
Animators told us that support to make and show work was the best way to develop their practice but that public funding was difficult or impossible to secure, and that the UK had fewer exhibition outlets and opportunities.
For whatever reasons, tactically and strategically the Animation industry lost a central voice a while ago that could articulate and aggregate its needs to funders. This was in contrast to say, Games (who have two strong and vocal trade associations) and who of course, recruit animators by the bucket load. The reason there’s plenty of training for filmmakers is due to the film industry’s self-organisation and ability to demand through representative bodies.
We need to work collaboratively and in partnership to deliver these objectives, and Animate Projects has secured funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme for some initial networking and knowledge sharing activities through spring 2014.
Our partners will include the three regional animation networking organisations supported through the animation organisations supported through Creative England’s Film Networks funding – All Animated (Yorkshire and the North), Wonky (Bristol) and Animation Forum West Midlands – Flatpack Festival (Birmingham) and Show Me the Animation (Bristol).
We will harness the experience and expertise of Animation Alliance members in developing and delivery of the Accelerate programme, and we will especially continue to work with higher education, including London College of Communication, Bournemouth College of the Arts, Royal College of Art and others.
We will engage with the broader film, art and animation sector, for example, through members of CAN: Cinema Arts Network, the Contemporary Visual Arts Networks and with Visual Arts UK.