Gateway into industry series: How to get into the industry & finding your place within it

23rd Jan 2020

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Course Details

This course offers practical help and guidance for anyone looking to develop a career in the animation and film industry. Mark and Freya will offer a professionally focussed insight into the unique skills each person brings to a production, helping them to discover where they may best fit in.


This one day course will give a professional understanding of film and animation production; the skills needed, the opportunities within any crew based production, and the pressures faced. Tutors Freya Billington and Mark Simon Hewis will help develop an idea of how to open doors and how to develop your career. The film and animation industry seems like a closed door to many and this course aims to overcome that by offering professional guidance and top tips when attempting to get your foot in the door.

The day will begin with a busy session where all participants are invited to engage in the process of understanding their own personality and crew based roles. They will then continue to explore ideas of teamwork and professional processes, resulting in an understanding of how best to navigate professional structures. This will include personal skills, essential professional skills and top tips to help them show the industry what makes them so employable. They will learn how production passes through different personnel, explore the three main pressures of every single production, and gain advice for self-branding to get themselves noticed. This will include do’s and don’ts of self-promotion, including CVs, showreels, and initial emails. This will culminate in a Q&A session from key department figures at Aardman, and recap of the entire day’s activities.


Students, graduates, and anyone with a keen interest in getting into the industry.


Thursday 23rd of January 2020


£119 including VAT


Aardman Academy, Aardman Animations, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN



Freya Billington

Freya is a BAFTA Nominated Director who was awarded a hugely prestigious HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2015 for her work lecturing in Film. She is on the Executive Board for NAHEMI (the National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image) the Directors Board of the Bologna International Filmmaking Academy and is the External Examiner for the National Film and Television School. Previously she worked as an Editor on projects for BBC4, BBC2 and as a Post Production Supervisor on high-end dramas for the BBC, having started out as a First Assistant Director for companies like Hammer and Tongs & Propaganda Films.


Mark Simon Hewis

Mark Simon Hewis is a multi-award winning British filmmaker who continues to work as a live action Director, Exec Producer, writer and editor for companies including Aardman Animations. Alongside this Mark is currently lecturing in Film at Plymouth University whilst scripting a multi-part T.V. series.


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