Animation Base Camp to provide foundation for future talent

Animation Base Camp 2016 poster

Once Were Farmers and Sony Pictures Animation, with The Animation Centrifuge and Creative Scotland are about to launch an animation skills development course in Glasgow, based on a production concept by Cow and Chicken creator David Feiss.

Working in teams within an industry-based framework, participants (from Scotland, Ireland and Norway) will be provided with industry mentors and given specific roles in animated feature pre-production for an eight-week period. The outcome of the workshop will be the production of high quality animatic sequences, accompanied by corresponding character and environment artwork. By reflecting the structure of the industry, the workshop aims to help participants develop creative, technical and production management skills.

The workshop programme runs from Monday 11 July to Friday 2 September and will be hosted and supervised by Once Were Farmers in Glasgow. The programme also includes weekly critiques with mentors from Sony Pictures Animation 

For further information, application form and guidelines go to

Get in quick though, as the deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday 5th June.

Will Adams, Once Were Farmers co-founder, said the Glasgow based studio was delighted to be hosting the course. “Sony Pictures Animation’s generosity and enthusiasm for the project is incredible,” he added. “We’re very excited to be working with them, on what we hope will be the first of many Animation Base Camps to come. Creative Scotland’s support has been vital in helping us to expand a simple idea into a multi-national project. For the successful applicants we hope this will be a pivotal step in their animation careers.”

The production will be based on a unique concept created for the Base Camp by Director David Feiss, animation director on The Ren & Stimpy Show during its first season, and creator of the ground-breaking Cow and Chicken animation series.

Applications are open for roles in either the Story and Editorial or Production Design department. Positions include: Production Coordinator, Story Artists, Editing Assistant, Production Design, Production Coordinator, Environment and Prop Designers, Visual Development – Painters and Character Designers.

The Animation Base Camp has been supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Targeted Screen Fund.  A training bursary, equivalent to the UK minimum wage, will be provided to the selected participants for the 8-weeks and affordable accommodation will also be available.

Natalie Usher, director of screen, Creative Scotland, said, “We’re really excited to be supporting Once Were Farmers to develop the 2016 Animation Base Camp in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation. The Base Camp presents a unique opportunity for animators in Scotland to develop their creative, technical and production management skills in a collaborative studio environment, and to be mentored by some of the world’s leading professionals in this field. The Base Camp is one of a number of valuable initiatives taking place across Scotland to develop a skilled and diverse screen workforce, and underlines our ambition to support and strengthen Scotland’s animation industry.”

Fraser MacLean, co-founder of The Animation Centrifuge, added, “It’s particularly great, at this time of year, when so many people are about to make the challenging transition from education to the world of employment, to be able to announce the launch of an initiative that’s been specifically designed to provide a way of bringing aspiring young animation personnel together with experienced industry professionals. The support on offer from Sony Pictures Animation and Once Were Farmers is unprecedented in scope and we hope the Animation Base Camp will provide a real turning point for all the participants.”

The course is also supported by Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland, and Midtnorsk Filmsenter, with additional support from Glasgow Caledonian University, The Foundry and Eurohostel.

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