How do I become an animator?

Acclaimed UK animators give their tips.

So you want to work in animation, but what should your next steps be? Do you need to have studied animation, and how can you find paid work?

Watch the video to see Britain’s leading animators, including Aardman co-founder Peter Lord (Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!), Oscar-nominated animator Joanna Quinn and BAFTA-nominee Marcus Armitage offer their tips on entering a career in animation.

If you’re interested in training courses (and are aged 16 to 19) then the BFI Film Academy Specialist residential programme focuses on the craft and workflow of different specialisms – including animation – with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants also receive bespoke careers advice.

Emma Lazenby on animation

Emma Lazenby shares her knowledge of working with animation. Emma Lazenby is an award-winning animator, designer and director, with over 17 years of experience in the animation industry. Her animated short film Mother of Many won a BAFTA in 2010, and she has since worked on Charlie and Lola and Pedro and Frankensheep.

Interviewer: Pelumi Akindude

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