Invoice and Pay Rate

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Above I have calculated my hourly rate after inputting the personal expensises that I currently need to survive. I work this out montly, times this by twelve and divide by 227 (the amount actually worked.) This may change when I leave home or need to buy software next year but for now my current hourly rate should be: 60 pound a day. 10 pound hourly rate. This will improve as I get more experienced and need more money.

Above is my final Invoice that I created with my notes I made on tax and buisness. It was important to include all these parts to insure I am never ripped off. This is legally binding agreement and so should be treated like one.

 

 

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TAX

Making it Big – But starting off small

Self employed freelance.

High proportion of us will follow this route. Working in this sector not working in this sector. A variety of ways to engage with this topic. To be prepared to know about the areas that we could be facing. Administer.

Either a product or a service. We are Entangleable asset. It’s important to manage that relationship. We are the service we need to manage with the client the best.Not always the best animator that gets the work but those who can work with people that secure that work.

Service driven industry, secure work how? To deliver that result (us working in animation).

 

You can take a job for less then this, if you consider it as an investment for the future progression. But think about where you can cut in your life.

Freelance / business

Hospitality is going put for coffee

Meetings

 

Minimum turnover our business can take

PERSONAL + BUSINESS EXPENSES = TURNOVER

And then your daily rates is?

3000 pounds a month

Weekends = 104

Bank holidays = 9

Holiday = 20

Contingency / sick days = 5

So actual amount of days = 227 from a year 365 days

  • 160 pounds a day
  • 100 – 120 pounds a day
  • After two days 250 a day
  • Graduates = 120 a day
  • And then per hour
  • Daily rate
  • Amounts of hours

Market price will determine whether we will increase the price or not. Factor in raw costs. Can you make enough to cover all your costs. Increase costs on more days. How to deliver the price to the clients

Don’t ever undercharge!!!

It all depends on the market are we unique? The cupcake – barometer of the true market. How we market ourselves like that cupcake, how expensive and luxury are we.

INVOICES

 

Date

Your details

Customer (details)

Supplier details

Describe work

Amount (due – total)

VAT (earn 83,000 add VAT to total)

Total due

Copyright (claim on the invoice – who does this work belong too) offer to sell it, license it or keep it. In the contract for the company. Work belong sot the employer.

Payment terms and details (30 days credit… till they pay)

Offer discounts for early payment

Limited company number

 

The invoice is Legally binding, can play around and add discounts for work if the money is paid in advance. Money on delivery / Money in 14 days, It’s up to us

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON THE INVOICE

All copyright and intellectual property belongs to … (us unless stated)

Deposits and total projects costs that are less that £400 must be paid in advance

The project commencement ate in order for the work to begin.

Not paying before the agreed advance date will lea to a delay.

All other payments are due within 30 days of the invoice date.

 

  1. Payments should be made via bank transfer to the following account
  2. Account name: sort-code: Account Number:
  3. IBAN: SWIFT
  4. IMPORTANT: We do no accept cheques
  5. .. If you are a limited company registered in England and Wales
  6. Company number 070948308
  7. Thank you for working with us.
  8. Fell free to send any questions through billing@

 

What happens if it all goes wrong?

  • -Reminder
  • -Email / Phone call
  • -Wait reasonable time
  • -Repeat (4 five days)
  • -Then you need to make a calculation on whether you want to do business with them again?
  • -Friendly reminder (send a copy of invoice.) Keep a file of all the emails along side the business. Evidence if it does go wrong.
  • 30 +1 days, call them up reminding it’s over due. Don’t trust them. Repeat again, send email. Not answering him.
  • Landline if he doesn’t pick up mobile. Remind him. Maximum of another 30 days. Then decide to take action.

 

THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT

  • Easy to do, either download or do it online.
  • www.moneyclaims.gov.uk
  • An guess what, the threat is often better than the actual
  • And even better, you can charge interest of 8% for late payments!
  • An reclaim your cost

 

Email the client and threat to take it to the small claims court – he should pay.

Interest at 8% APR daily

Fees

  • Dependent on amount you are claiming
  • And whether claiming on or offline
  • Remember you can claim them back as part of your costs.

TAX

FREELANCE / SELF EMPLOED / SOLE TRADER

Pay income tax on your profits through self assessment

Pay NI

Pay PAYE on any employees

May be best to use other freelancers so responsible for own tax

Can be self employed and employed at same time – N1 X 2

Register with HMRC within 3 months of trading, otherwise you will be fined.

 

DOUBLE NI for self employed and employed.

SETTING UP SELF EMPLOYED

You have to register in HMRC within 3 months of trading.

National INSURANCE

  • When your self employed you need to pay class BUCS on your income – 2.80 a week.

Less than 6 grand we do not have to may NI Contributions.

Also need to pay class 4 NICS on your profits.

RISK!!!
– if your business fails, you as the person will have to pay from your personal assets.

  • However most creative find this works as a flexible structure for low risks businesses.

PARTNERSHIPS

Two or more people set up I business together. Each partner is responsible for all the debts, even if cause by the other partners. Have a partnership agreement, what happens if one persons wants to exit. Rules behind Intellectual property. Negotiate on point of exit. Reduced amount for leaving 10%

Limited Company

  • Company goes bankrupt not us. We need to register company at company’s house.
  • Become this if we go in debt
  • Co-operatives
  • Community interest companies
  • Charities

 

INSURANCES

  • Product –  damage for something
  • Public – exhibition, shop, trade fair
  • Professional indemnity – legal claims against advice – if we are sued we need insurance
  • Content – theft
  • Legal – copyright claims
  • Life – are you responsible

VAT

  1. Turnover greater than 83,000
  2. Register if you think that you are going to do that turnover in the year
  3. Can ‘voluntarily’ register
  4. VAT is 20% tax on purchases and sales

Looks more professional – we are a larger company/individual

You are taxed on your profit

Keep records of all outgoings

Income minus outgoings = profit

Aim is to legally reduce your profit

And therefore pay less tax

Penalties are fierce for not keeping accurate accounts

OUTGOINGS (not profit)

  • Purchases
  • Rent
  • Salaries
  • Stock
  • travel

If you work at home.

  • We can claim a proportion of costs like:
  • Heating, electricity, council tax, mortgage interest, internet and telephone use, you’ll need to find a reasonable method of dividing your costs, e.g by the number of rooms you use of business or the amount of time you spend working from home.

Desk takes up to 25 percent of room, desk space. We can say this is our work space.

Workplace pension – obligation to employees to pay pensions (set up scheme).

The tax year

Ends on 5 APRIL, Paper based returns: 31st cover

Online return: 31 January following year

Online or paper need to pay an tax due by 31 January

If late…you will be charged interest…

Online is more secure, calculations done, tax due or owned, receipt.

TAX AND INCOME

Personal allowance is 11,00

Working tax credit if working 16 hours per week (if need help).

Basic amount is £1,960

16-24 with a child or have disability

Over 25 with or without child

HMRC WEBSITE for more indepth details on this issue.

 

Sector specific – business resources

  • Creative skillset
  • Animated women
  • Animation UK

www.ipo.gov.uk

(how to protect ourselves when posting our work online.) OUR RIGHTS

RIGHTS

  • Intellectual Property (we own the IP)
  • Copyright (we have created – not an idea)
  • Lasts life time plus 70 years we can pass it
  • Trademark (pay 5 years and then renew it)
  • Design right, 2d and 3d objects
  • Patern (unique design); no one else can produce this software

We have been ripped off. EVIDENCE all the sketches, Emailed it. Stolen our copyright.

Online Promotion

Online promotion.

Tips on how to use the internet to your benefit.

  • Create a fanbase, 1000 true fans
  • Upload regularly
  • Connect with followers (take into consideration what work applies to an audience)
  • Share work in progress
  • Take part in challenges (like #sketch_dailies) on social media to find new followers and have worked shared on their pages.
  • Make announcements about prints and events
  • Make giveaways (print to share post) – more traffic for the artwork and trend.
  • Use multiple platforms to share work. Each one promotes slightly differently.
  • Hashtag work wisely – fans find work with tags.
  • Share portfolio, websites and email for contacting.
  • Commissions / art trades / collaboration with other artists.
  • Don’t worry about statistics and likes…
  • Connect with artists and businesses valuable to you.
  • Make website a main hub (social media has drawbacks.)

 

tweet

I have followed lots of animation companies and news on animation on my twitter. It give sme updates about how animation is doing currently in the UK and in the world. On twitter automatic bot retweets any thing to do with animation so it appears on my feed and I can review it – Twitter is a good tool for staying in tune with the animation world.

vimeo

Vimeo Picks are a great way of getting the work out there. Especally for freelancers, putting up quality work that will be given the staff pick will mean thousands of views on your work. I have researched into the ways to make yourself more likely to be picked:

  • Self Promote the work on all social networking to get some views on the video. More likely to be seen this way
  • Reach a wider audience by trying not to alienate anyone from the piece. Needs to connect with most people otherwise it will not be picked.
  • Have a really good thumbnail to capture the attention of the audience.
  • Make sure the contents has a good story. Let it be clear and focused on whatever message you are sending.
  • Have a clear description.

https://fstoppers.com/originals/five-ways-get-your-video-staff-picked-vimeo-100715

Advice and Talks

Jessica Ashman (RESEARCH INTO FREELANCE)

Animator, stop motion, hand drawn animation – director and modeler. Traditional.

Jessla.co.uk

 

Everyday is hustling. She does a variety things. She is not only a director but a tutor and modeler. (Understood what she liked – art based and experimental.) Willing to do anything to land that first job. She applied for internships in BBC wales in Cardiff (unrelated) She worked online for the Doctor who, Flash animation. Played with animation instead of assets. Experiment learn new skills and connect for a year.

Got another internships – training scheme, with Scotland. 18 month training shop for animation. Oogles – best jobs. Met people in stop motion – Aardman people and etc. Her break was in Scotland. Fixing Luca a short film that was recognized and won many awards.Image result for Fixing Luca

Passion project that put her out.  Took  to lots of places and got to meet many animators because of it. Got her freelance work in London.

MA royal college of Art – FUNDING. She had to work in the commercial side and this took her down the wrong path – she was selling out (the masters helped her get back on her own work). ALL our different things we can do. ‘Discovering what is inside out in an interesting way. It doesn’t have to be an animator forever.’

Tip for animating. (Promotion)

Promoting ourselves is important. (How to promote own work – show what our angle is.) I kind of a bit stubborn, you should pick a specialize. Difference ourselves from other people. What we are good at and what you want to do are separate things. Directing is managing people but designer more than animator. If your working together. Realistic what you can achieve in the time. I’m good at everything but don’t be afraid to ask anyone for help. Take apart what you are good at doing. Think about what you are GOOD at. 2D hang in on there.

What is your style? – Animation as a bubble is installment. Look outside of animation for inspiration.

It needs to be interesting do not copy Disney style. CAL arts <– having something about you that is interesting and different.

Steps into employment:

Elusive Internships, Work experience, creating a giant billboard of cv or Runner in a studio, Assistant

Showreels – are really difficult to show where we are as a creative. Edit them and approach them. The strengths, Not everything. Acting, lipsync, performance – to get it looking unique. Better to be short than long. You can do pieces just for your show reel. Not the first animation that I did but developed thought out pieces. A director should be able to communicate story – do the same in your work.

 

Inspiration from online, on social media. Therefore you should upload online. Have a website, make it the first thing that you see. Show-reel can be 30 secs as long as they are snappy and powerful.

TENACIOUS.

 

Keeping up to date with what your favourite studio and artists, what are they doing?Following them on social media – Attending talks they put on.  (events or premieres or festivals – go and talk to them) Don’t be creepy. – if you get the sense they are not into you then back off.

Twitter – to say that you like someone’s work. Twitter encourages chats to take place. Having a personality is also important. Put a bit of yourself on your twitter. Contacting people directly on twitter. Lots of opportunities.

Internships and Training schemes.

Don’t be afraid to do things outside of what you want to do but don’t loose your animation dream. Do what you want to do – keep the goal in mind. Be a spy in the company, who does the animation here – find out about them!

Schemes are run by BBC and Creative skillset. Women may have more opportunities (less women in the industry).  How we can get in there and meet people. 

LinkedIn too. It’s who you know not what you know (unless your work is mind blowing). You should get to meet them this will always trumped a media platform.

Festivals.

PROS

  • Highly encourage us to submit work on
  • There are pros and cons
  • Great way of getting your work noticed by employees or people who admire
  • Can take you all over the country or the world (flight and accommodation if the festival likes your work a lot.)
  • Chance to meet lots of other film-makers and animators. Animators are generally nice people – I’ve never met a mean animator.
  • Make life long friends. – could promote each other. They are fun too.
  • Network and make contacts
  1. Edinburgh Internal Film festival
  2. Annecy (big one) – champion independent animators.
  3. Encounters –  short film and animation festival Most approachable for new comers and may be a prize.
  4. (lead to you entering bafta and awards.)

Cons

  • Can be expensive – festivals often charge to help support the fest itself. Look for student discount rate or even contacting the festival wavers.
  • Do your research. Some festivals like premieres of new short films. I.e London film festival.
  • Make sure to still promote your stuff online – festivals are a big audience but not as huge as the internet.
  • May not let us submit if its online.
  • May not let us submit if its in another festival (BFI for example). Weigh up which ones you what to submit.

Instead you could put your work online. Staff pick on video on vimeo. Short and snappy videos online and etc.

Being freelance. Animation director point of view.

1.) Working for a production company or agency who represent you as a director. A lot of work before the work and money comes. Pitching and etc. They will push you forward if you are good.

2.) Blinkink , Studio aka (family run like office job, group effort), Th1ng, Partizan

3.) out on your own! Freedom to work on a variety of projects but more hard work. Relying on contacts and being tenacious.

Working as a tutor. Working on commissions, studio.She decides between passion and commercial work. Financial decision. Being freelance… “You are your own mini company.” – “never too early to start thinking like one!” Might need to work with other people because you have so much to do.  Be nice to everyone. You never know who you are going to end up working with.  You will see the same people over and over again. You will start meeting a lot of people you admire.

Keep in contact with people from uni – they may employ me. When working with other people you are more flexible. Make a studio together and etc. Keep friendships,

Freelancing is awesome, but also sometimes really lonely and sad.” Dry spells and ‘ill never work again’. Keep creating even in down times. Keep working on your own work.

Don’t compare yourself to others – just work on you. Stay on the ground. Don’t fit into a mainstream. The mainstream tends to come to you.

  • Keep making stuff – it can take years to grow and to work to pay off. So have faith.
  • Balance between passion projects and commercial.
  • Late night work club – independent animators. Passion projects. Making films at night. December.
  • Don’t work for free unless it has a massive advantage – you have no commitments live at home etc. depends on the work. What opportunities.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Contacting Industry

Meg Park

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Above are three people that I contacted in the industry. Unfortunately, I only got one reply back – but the information that I received was very helpful. Manddy Wyckens is an Art Director at Studio A.K.A a company that I am very interested in working for. I also have followed online for a while. The third person I contacted without a response is a animator who worked at Cartoon Saloon (another company I am interested in) – she worked on THE Puffin Rock series to make character designs too. I thought that they could be a useful source.

Meg Park

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Hi Alice,

After I graduated, I worked full-time in a small studio as an illustrator but spent my free time building my portfolio and looking at the kind of work the artists at big studios like Disney and Pixar were doing. I spent a couple of years just drawing constantly and trying to learn as much as I could as well as posting my work online and on social media until I was confident enough to quit my full-time job and go freelance. I’m mostly contacted directly by people from the studios who found my work online or have seen it used on another project. Going to events like CTNX has helped as well.

My work is mostly digital (I use Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq tablet)

Hope that helps!

Thanks,

Meg

‘Meg Park is a Character Designer and Illustrator from Edinburgh, Scotland. She has worked with Disney, Paramount Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, Reel FX, Passion Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation and Google ATAP amongst others.’

I decided to contact Meg Park who is a freelancer concept and character designer. She has worked for some large cooperation such as Disney, Paramount and even the recent Sainsbury’s Christmas advert – which she created the wonderful character designs. I want to contact a freelancer to learn about her experiences and how she made in into the industry as a freelancer. She explained to me that social media was her key to success. Her clients contact her after discovering her online. Using these tools to promote yourself and to gain a following. She also took a few years to perfect her drawing skills based of artists that she liked and strengthen her drawing skills. She explained that she uses Photoshop and a wacom cintiq to create most of her work.

 

Five Companies

My ultimate goal is to one day own my own studio with my sister as I’m not sure if I could see myself working for someone else forever – I prefer the freedom to be creative. This is why I have tried to find smaller companies as my 5 selected. I still have a lot to learn and hope to improve my skills at a small company, so one day I can make it on my own. I also would like to have a go at freelancing and working for myself – of course this is more stressful but I think this seems like a good option for me.  However here are some companies that I have identified:

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One of the top companies that I would like to work for is Cartoon Saloon. They are based in Kilkenny, Ireland. This twice Academy and BAFTA nominated studio was created by a small  group of three friends who met at University – created in 1999, the studio made award-winning shorts, TV shows and feature length films.  It was only in 2010 when the The Secret of Kells, the first feature length film and Song of the Sea (2015) another film put the company out there. I really like that the company explores the Celtic ancestry of Ireland, in both their films and TV Shows. They also recently created a TV show Puffin Rock (aired on Netflix) which focuses on nature and a group of puffins.

The animations that they create are stunning and also wonderfully told – with incredible characters. I personally love working with characters and the Song of the Sea characters were wonderfully developed. It’s nice to know that there is a 2D animation in the British Isles. If I did work for this studio I would have to move to Ireland – which is a big decision.

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On their website the have a section for applying to work for them. It’s a multiple of questions like this which shows what job roles they have available and what skills are needed. Above I have selected the different sections that I would be interested in. Interestingly they also have roles such as Intern and work experience (so if I didn’t want to move permanently to Ireland I could have the chance to learn more skills at the company – or even have a taste of the roles that are on offer.

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Above are more questions from this same page. It asked what programs I have experience with, it lists some of the top 2D animation softwares, but the ones they use. I know that they use mainly TV Paint for Song of the Sea. I have signed up for a trail version which I want to play around over Christmas. I cannot save the work but it will let me have a taste of the programme. It’s important for me to have a knowledge of some of these in order for me to have more appeal. However, being a good animator is also more important – if I become a good animator then these are just tools that I can develop.

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What I really like about Studio A.K.A is that they have a mixture of styles and approaches. They are a small studio in London which is a great location for where I live. They have so many different styles and looks to their works which I find really inspiring. I know that they create a lot for commercials as well (which isn’t what I had planned to work in) – but it could be a good opportunity to taste this side of animation. They still create innovative work that looks stunning and has great ideas. I tried to contact one of art directors from Studio A.K.A as I follow them on Tumblr, she creates lots of designs aside from the animation she created for the studio – it was a beverage advert, but it had so much cinematography and beauty it proves that working commercially can still give creative freedom.

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I also recently watched a short film called ‘The girl and the cloud’ produced by Studio A.K.A and another studio called ‘Red Knuckles Studios.’ I really like this short film its beautiful and captures a great story. It was directed by Philip Hunt (from Studio A.K.A).

‘Using a projection texturing method to create a unique look somewhere between 2D & 3D, the production team worked round the clock to blend the 2D artwork with 3D Cgi characters, and the final touches were provided by composer Denis Kilty and the wonderful tones of narrator Ciaran Hinds.’

redknuckles.com (source)

Above shows this piece was created by both 2D and 3D which show the innovation of the piece and the relevance of known both 2D and 3D. I would love to work on short films and story development since this is where my passions lie. I am realistic knowing that it might take time to get there but I see hope if I worked for Studio A.K.A that I could be apart in making short stories (which are becoming more popular also in advertisement recently).

Above are some of the key questions that I would ask to this studio. I did try connecting with one of the directors but they don’t often take feedback. I know that Mike has a contact and so I hope in the future to maybe reach out to them. They sometimes offer internships which could be a good way to get my foot in the door. They express that they mainly use TVPaint and traditional methods – as well as adobe and autodesk. They also have given top ten pointers to applying for an intern (to the right).

We Are …

… a close knit team that include, directors, designers, animators, writers, technical artists & producers who create & consult on projects with a strong emphasis on Story, Design & Character …

We’re individual creators, but we work very closely with each other to tap into combinations of specific skills that we each possess. Consequently, we have a reputation for an ability to find & apply the best creative solution to a problem, and create innovative & bespoke work unique to each project.

On Studio A.k.A website

Above is a quote taken from their website that points out what the company is about. I like that they focus on story, design and characters as I also find this very important. This is also good to use when applying.

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Jellyfish animation is a small company in London that works on TV programs mainly in 3D. They work in a fast pace way but the company is a close unit of people. The talk we had, explained that the animators could pick the shots that they worked on.

Jellyfish isn’t just another VFX studio for hire, we pride ourselves on offering a huge amount to the visual direction of the projects we work on. Storyboarding, concept art, character design, pre-viz, graphic design – we cover every aspect of visual development. Our art department has come up with stunning work across a huge variety of styles and projects.

The look at all aspects of the animation pipeline and work throughout to create series and animations.  To get in contact hr.jellyfishpictures.co.uk

Blue Zoo

Renown for making creatively playful CG character animation for broadcast, advertising, VR and mobile games for broadcasters, agencies and production companies around the world.

When comes to developing and producing CG children’s shows are reputation is second to none. Having animated shows such as Digby Dragon, Miffy, Tree Fu Tom, Q Pootle 5 and Alphablocks we have a proven track record of surpassing client expectations.

We have worked with broadcasters and individuals to help develop their ideas into full-blown productions, using our experience in the area combined with efficient workflows to produce budget-defying quality

With over 16 years experience, we love collaborating to craft unique & engaging animation, made entirely within our London based studio.

They also work in mainly 3D – however I like they work on character development and there is an opportunity to work on concept art here. Furthermore this company seems very friendly. They work on commercials and children’s tv so there is a possibility for experimentation.

JOIN OUR TEAM

We’re constantly looking for top-notch artists and animators to join us, and have a website just for it!
Visit jobs.blue-zoo.co.uk

Apply by the website with a showreel or portfolio.

Lupus Animation and also Red Knuckles Studios  – they work in films and shorts and use a mixture of styles that are appealing.

companies

I also have looked into these animation studios – mostly small studios in London.

LinkedIn / CV

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/alice-geary-17b6ab11b

(a link to my Linkedin profile.)

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My LinkedIn (profile)

Above is my Linkedin profile that I created it in the last term. However I have been working on my profile over the last few months to improve it even more. It is a great piece of software to connect with students and people I have worked with over the last year (as a online network of people) – but also to engage with other studios/ groups and animators out there. It also is a great tool for searching for jobs also.

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I recently learned about the Groups on this networking site.  The groups are intended to join like minded people together – (those who do not know one another) into an area based on a particular category. For example, above are 5 groups that I have asked to join. They are all about animation. The first, (Jobs in Animation) is a group that posts items on how to get a job, job listings and posts of interest in this area. They post jobs from all around the world – including London. The second group, (Characters Engage…) Is a group that is interested in the character, and as a advocate of the character and meeting other industries that work with the ‘character.’ It seems like an interesting group. The Animation Army is targeted at: “animators, character-designers, storyboard-artists, directors, producers, vo-artists, anyone and everyone in animation.” – This is an area to connect to other artists and animators in this field and share a conversation.

I also decided to join the group Scientific Illustration and Animation for the Research Scientist’  it was a good way to engage with a sector different to just the entertainment side of animation – and could open to windows and outlooks. The group is networking with scientists and researchers to help explain and develop their works. The last group that I asked to join was 2D Animation, as I am interest in 2D animation it would be great to talk to other animators and have a larger conversation here and find potential work.  I have sent a request and hope to Join most of these here!

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Aside from asking to join a group were I can contribute and converse with other animators and designers, I have also started to follow lots of companies that I am interested in (and would like to work for). Above I have started to follow studios around the London area (and Ireland) which I have researched into for my work. I have also added companies such as Pixar, Aardman, Sony Pictures Animation, BBC and Dreamworks to follow their work. I have lastly followed Creative Skillset and Hiive – both are to help me find work after I graduate, they sometimes promote trainee work and internships for Graduates.

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I also have been using LinkedIn to connect with those I have worked with previously. I worked with James Fawcett last year on the BBC Radio 4 Wind witch and so connected with him through the site so that I can communicate with him in the future.

CV

untitled-1Above is my CV that I have edited to update my accomplishments over the last year. I want it to look neat and easy to read and to be clear – as to show of who I am. I have designed this two column approach so that it can all fit onto one document. I think that this is a good work frame for my CV, however if I had more free time then I would like to make it look more creative and more personal to show of my personality. However as the same time I think that this works well as a professional clean CV. I have included my awards, work experience, skills, Interests, education, a small paragraph about me and my contact info. (I hope my website on there soon).

Business cards

I did a little research into business cards that are out there and how creative they can be. I like the idea of having my own stamp as it could save me money and mean I can make my own cards. However I also like the unique looking cards such as the folding butterfly. For now I am going to look at a standard template and develop later.

buinsess-draft

Above are a few business cards that I designed. After my research I decided that I wanted my business card to be a place to put some of my artwork – therefore when I hand it over to someone they can view my artwork and see what I do.  I also think it brightens up the card well. I have chosen a few of my favourite pieces from over this year. I have created four designs that are similar. Over Christmas I would like to experiment and create an inventive card. However for now I have made a standard card template. I want to use a font that I can brand across my website, CV and cards – so need time to plan this.

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These pictures are for the back design. They have a single picture or frame from an animation. I have even included a storyboard. I want the image chosen to make an impact. I hope to buy these cards over Christmas as I ran out of time to order them. However I did order a free sample from ‘MOO’ online shop that is specialist in business cards and etc – I could get a feel of the paper that the cards of made of.

Website Research

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Tonoko house is a small company that began when the members (working at the art department of Pixar) created an animated short story: The Dam Keeper. This lead to a feature film and to step away from pixar to make there own stories…

The website is very clean and professional. They showcase three stills from

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Meg hunt website has her marvellous work displayed straight away. Bold and incredible! Straight away we get an idea of the work that she creates.

Social Networking

At the end of summer and the start of this unit I wanted to focused on my online presence – so I could build this up over my last year. I contacted Meg Park who explained how social media was important tool for self promoting and finding work as a freelancer.

Twitter

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I had a twitter that I has posted two tweets and forgot about it for 4 years. I only recently decided to embrace twitter as the great tool it is. Each social media is different and interacts differently with the fans. Twitter is known for being a ‘conversation’ not just posting work. It’s a great way to communicate with other animators, big companies and fans. The idea is to promote others and let get help to promote your own work. Following and sharing content is a good way to begin getting followers. Twitter is different from other social sites, there is a limited amount to post at once. So the tweets are to the point (however at the same time need to show your personality). You shouldn’t hashtag more than two tags. I like that you can view you stats on this site and how many people have seen your work. The pictures are good quality compared to Instagram. twitter2

The BBC Radio 4 shared our Gif (created for their weather series) on their site. It was a good way to promote our animation and even BBC weather shared our work because of the connect. Therefore twitter is a very public way of connecting and sharing work.

Instagram

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I recently signed up to Instagram which is a great site in getting a lot of appreciation for your posts. On Twitter or Tumblr I struggle to get 4 likes but on Instagram I can get that in a minute. The Instagram crowd is more about the beauty of the work. The audience are more active and comment on the work. It’s nice that they added the snap-chat ‘story’ feature (short video) on here too so you can see other animators and designers at work and also promote your own work. This is my favourite platform so far because it reaches the most people. I tag my posts with lots of tags (when people search for one of these keywords then they can see my work) its a good way to reach people from different ‘sectors’ such as Travel, authors, movie goers and etc.

Tumblr

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Tumblr is more of a blog like medium. I have struggled to gain many followers on this site, but it’s a nice platform for sharing lots of work as it’s high quality and keeps an archive of your work. You can also time the posts so it is constantly posting for your followers. I post on her regularly a lot of different pieces of art because I know it won’t be judged as much. It gives you the ability to create a website like format.

Sectors in animation

Animation Sectors

  • Gaming – App design, smart phones
  • Motion Graphics; info graphics, branding
  • Commercial – advert
  • Interactive experience – Occulus rift, virtual reality, e-books, new technology
  • Theatre
  • Concert
  • Music Videos
  • Television – Panel show, documentaries, opening titles
  • Charity – Awareness, medical, educational
  • Shorts – Youtube self promotions, personal
  • Education
  • Children program
  • Science

Charity – Charity is an area that will mean you can do good as well as create animations. I can experiment and feel freer in this medium because there is less worry about

Entertainment – Is the sector I want to work in mostly because I love telling stories to inspire and help people grow. This is why working in film or tv would be good for me, I would like a platform were I can create characters that will change how we see society. This is the largest sector and brings in the largest amount of money into the UK. This is also achieved through overseas bringing work to the Uk because of Tax Breaks.

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Theatre- I think that this could be an interesting way quite different than anything else which explores how animation can be immersive an bring life to a set and location for an audience. This also goes for festivals that use animation as a projection on walls and etc to show case the animation as an immersive experience.

To mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the Royal Shakespeare Company whips up a storm of performance-capture technologies to dazzle audiences and celebrate The Tempest

This show looks into the immersive.

Science – Teaching important and vital information in the form of a visual art such as animation. Can help the population to understand technical and confusing procedures. At the same time this can be in the form of factual animations. Can be shared on social media.