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Preparing a high-end animated series budget? Experienced in animation production, but have specific questions about your 2D, 3D/CG, mixed media or stop motion project? Keen to understand and develop best practice?
This clinic will provide you with the opportunity to explore budgeting strategy, planning, processes, tips and techniques to ensure your funding application and pitch materials are up to professional standards. Your budget can be reviewed in detail with an advisor to ensure it’s suitable for high-end series use in the UK and for a number of shareholders; public broadcasters, digital channels and co-producers globally.
You will be requested to specify which medium you are working in so that you can be assigned an appropriate advisor and be invited to share your budget with them confidentially.
You will connect with other experts in order to gain industry insight and build long-lasting networks.
This course is intended for high-end projects aimed at established linear broadcast or VOD networks and is not suitable for digital short-format web series.
The first session will take place on 20 October. After that, participants will be assigned individual session slots that will take place over the following 4-6 weeks. The schedule will be confirmed by 9 October when successful applicants will be contacted. Please note that dates are subject to change.
Phase 1 (two hour session with break): You will be introduced by facilitator Lindsay Watson to your fellow trainees and encouraged to network before the group begins. An introductory session will take place, which will cover some of the main strategic and shared common issues around high-end animation series budgeting, such as preparation/strategy, cost/benefit analysis, dealing with change, managing expectations and adjusting to Covid-19. A group discussion with feedback from industry bodies will take place and templates will be circulated in advance for review and reflection. Your specific questions will be shared in advance and answered by our advisors in this guided discussion.
Phase 2 (two hours, 1-2-1 contact time over four-six weeks): You will be assigned a professional advisor to meet with and independently follow-up with discussions aimed at your project-specific outcomes. The advisor will provide medium-specific feedback after reviewing your budget in advance of meeting. You can then meet with your advisor, using an allowance of up to two-hours contact time (i.e. 4 x 30-minute sessions over four weeks), giving you time in-between meetings to action financial, legal, business affairs and shareholder decisions often required as part of the budgeting process.
Phase 3 (one hour session): The advisors and participants will meet for a debrief. Final questions led by the facilitator will be discussed and conclusions shared amongst the group for future use.
Lindsay Watson is the Founder & Executive Producer at CANUK Productions a global animation development, production and sales company specialising in female, diverse and inclusive storytelling. A Canadian, British and Irish citizen with a BFA in Integrated Media (OCAD University, 2007) and MA in Animation Management (Bournemouth University 2016) she has leadership experience at award winning companies and collaborated with channels such as Universal, Ch5, Disney-XD & Family Channel. Lindsay founded Animated Women UK in 2013 and has published reports on ‘British Animation Finance’ (Animation UK) and ‘girls’ animation’ (NORDICOM / Children’s Media Yearbook) speaking at industry events including BAFTA, Kidscreen & Mipcom and producing the C21 Kids ‘Diversity in Kids TV’ panel.
How to apply
You will need to register for a ScreenSkills account to apply; click the APPLY button to submit your application for the clinic.
We particularly encourage applications from Women, Disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented throughout the creative screen industries.
Spaces are limited, please apply by midnight on Wednesday 30 September.
We have a limited number of bursaries for caring and access support needs. Please state in your application if you may require support.