Animation Forum West Midlands is a project funded by Screen WM and Birmingham City University.
Screen WM support, promote and develop the screen media industry through areas such as production, education, exhibition, archive and skills development. A range of funding opportunities are available to writers and production teams from the film, video and animation sectors, to help develop the region's screen media culture, economy and community.
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University, formerly University of Central England, Birmimgham, is a large, diverse, historic provider of higher and further education for the people of Birmingham and beyond.
Animation Forum West Midlands is managed and facilitated by Birmingham City University.
Since launching in November 2003 as a quarterly social for London's animators, Festivus have built links with the British Animation Awards, Skillset and now Animation Forum WM, creating their own website stock full of nation-wide animation jobs along the way.
Bangblast! is a forum for animators in the East Midlands. We provide a regional platform to promote all types of animation at the twice yearly Bang! Short Film Festival.
Bang Short Film festival is the premier non-competitive short film festival in the East Midlands. It is a twice yearly event and we are looking for animation, comedy, drama, documentary or experimental. Submission is open to everybody.
Situated at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton, PLOT provides a range of support services to the creative, media and ICT sectors to help retain and grow the creative industry in the region. PLOT services include: career support, mentoring, business advice, incubator space, access to prohibitively expensive technologies, technical support, marketing and networking opportunities.
The Brothers McLeod
Greg and Myles have been writing and directing animations since 2000 and their work has appeared on BBC ONE, MTV, Nickelodeon USA, Channel 4, E4, Channel Frederator and nokiashorts.com. Their surname is pronounced MacCloud for those not versed in Norse-Scottish history...
Imagine Animation encompasses an online community, a magazine and a directory dedicated to animation, post production, digital, gaming and convergent media. It has rapidly become the largest media dedicated to animation in Europe.
The online community recently received funding from the UK Film Council which has fuelled its phenomenal growth in 2008. Forums, vodcasts, blogs, news, industry networking, recruitment, show & tell, webinars, weekly newsletters and an ever expanding rage of user-generated and editorial content.
The magazine is published bi-monthly and covers industry news, emerging technology plus in-depth features, interviews and profiles. It's for anyone who works in the animation field for example broadcast commissioners, animation company executives, technicians, games developers, designers, students and animators at all levels.
Synthetic Dimensions is a 3D graphic design, animation, and interactive media company. Founded in 1985 as a computer games developer providing a complete in-house service for the electronic entertainment industry.
Following nine number one game titles they expanded their core activity to become content providers for digital convergence, concentrating on computer graphics and animation for feature films and television. They have developed unique technologies to create holograms and 3D pictures both for security purposes and as art.
Skillset aim to make sure that the UK audio visual industries have the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time, so that our industries remain competitive. Skillset conduct consultation work with industry, publish research and strategic documents, run funding schemes and project work, and provide information about the challenges that face the industry and what needs to be done to overcome them.
The Skillset website provides comprehensive information on animation training and education; careers advice and industry information; and the latest news on any Skillset schemes that may benefit emerging animation talent.
The CharacterShop launched in 2002 as an independent animation studio and production company specialising in high quality 3D & 2D computer animation and design and digital effects projects for a wide range of screen media, including film, television, web and mobile phones. Mark Vale and Paul Howell run this award winning company from its custom built facility situated on the canal-side in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
Recent work has included 3D animation for the CBBC children's series Friends and Heroes, newly animated stories of Knight Rider – the former iconic 70's TV series produced entirely in-house for mobile phone distributor Payer X – and Zoo Troop; a cartoon film produced at CharacterShop for Bourne Leisure Group and due for release in 2008.
The CharacterShop has won awards at the Annecy and Holland Animation Festivals, as well as Promax UK, BDA (USA) and Royal Television Society, in addition to a number of business awards.
Animation East is East Anglia's no.1 website for all things animation related.
We take an inclusive view of animation. Most of us know that the word no longer refers to just cartoons. But until a better word comes along we decided to stick with animation, and hope that the meaning can continue to expand to include all the disciplines, practices, techniques and genres that are associated with animation today. So you'll see content on the site not just for traditional animation, but also games, motion graphics, flash and other related areas.
We are principally funded by FDMX (Film and Digital Media Exchange) and there is some crossover in our remit. Animation is increasingly a global industry, so we do look further afield than the eastern region for some our content. At present, many animators who live in the east rely on work from London or abroad. We want to help them to find ways to use their talents without having to go elsewhere, and to bring new work to the region to establish a creative animation industry in the east.
AY Up! Animated Yorkshire
AY Up! is a network for people involved in animation based in Yorkshire and the Humber. It is run by animation people for animation people, and aims to bring together all the disciplines of animation.
AY Up! are looking to come together to break down the isolation felt by people working in animation, and to find ways to help and support each other and to build the reputation of Yorkshire as a place to find good animation.
The forum is run with the support of the National Media Museum in Bradford and are currently applying for funding and bringing on board partner organisations to become a more formal organisation. If you would like to get involved, please contact Kath Shackleton from Zoom Animation on 01484 847766 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Talent Bank
Media Talent Bank is a collective of creatives, media companies and freelancers from the West Midlands region.
Through this innovative online database, employers can source the hottest creative talent around, and freelancers can sniff out work.