Getting a job in the U.K. animation industry is difficult but not impossible. You need to know how to qualify, how to gain experience, and how to find your way in. This article explains the basics.
At university, study one of a range of degree programmes such as animation, fine art and design, digital design, computer graphics, engineering, computer science with mathematics, film production or general film studies. A personal project show reel and/or a dissertation with an animation focus will look good on your CV.
Vancouver Film School Classical Animation
Making show reels for film festival competitions is valuable experience, as is attending the festivals and networking with people in the industry. Work experience and internships while a student is invaluable. The USA Associate Program is a way of working for no wage. However, this gains college credits which is being developed by some university and industry partnerships in parts of the U.K.
The Animation Skills Council U.K. define and set government skillset criteria to be applied in the best colleges and training facilities. Skillset.org website has suggestions for job titles and their descriptions to help you decide where to try to make your way in to the workforce. A highly recommended first job is as a runner, a temporary job which brings you into contact with many different workers and aspects of animation creation.
Wallace and Gromit on setFinding jobs
Networking, work experience or internship can all open doors. When qualified, make sure that you have registered your details on employment sections of animation company websites, so that they can notify you of forthcoming opportunities. Moreover, look at major industry-specific magazine jobs pages, such as Mandy.com, Creativeheads.net and Grapevinejobs.com. You may also wish to find out about working in other aspects of film.
Morph from clay stop motion to digital animation
Animation companies, however large they may have become, tend to be run like family businesses, with executives multi-tasking and including the hiring and firing in their workload. They give out very specific instructions with their job application advertisements and forms, and you will not get short-listed if you do not attend to every tiny detail. Be literate, concise and honest in filling in application forms and make sure your show reel of under six minutes has your best work first on the disk. Here are some tips on how to apply for a job in animation production.
Classic (obsolete) Animation Camera