Production Day Course - Gateway into Industry Series. NEW DATES SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED

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There’s a shortage of production co-ordinators and production managers in the animation industry and beyond into drama and documentary. Emma and Sophie will give an insight into this role which brings together creative working, people skills, organisation and foresight. Students will leave with a working knowledge of the role, some do’s and don’ts and a clear idea of how best to apply for roles in industry.


Aardman Academy are delighted to announce that our next Gateway into Industry Series will be on Friday 15th of February 2019.

Aardman Development Producer Emma Miller and Production Manager Sophie Smith will be running a one day course in our studios in Bristol, ‘How to be a Production Coordinator’ for up to 30 students.

In an exciting and varied day of masterclasses and interactive workshops, they will give insight into production roles and pipeline on a broadcast series with an emphasis on the pivotal role of a production coordinator.

They’ll discuss essential skills, illuminate the importance of communication and roles within production with activities and also cover essential top tips. The day will culminate in a Q&A.

The course is aimed at students or lecturers who are curious to learn more about the production process and who have an interest in a role in production. Emma and Sophie are both passionate about inspiring students who feel their skills may lie in production, at an opportune time in which there is a particular shortage of production assistants in the industry.

Bookings are on a first come first served basis. To book please email


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


Friday 15th of February 2019. 9.30 am – 5.30 pm


Cost: £99 + VAT @ 20% = Total £119


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


Emma Miller

Emma joined Aardman’s New IP content team in 2017 as Development Producer. Since graduating from Bournemouth University in 2001, Emma has worked her way up from Production Secretary through to Development Producer, cutting her teeth on numerous animated series, including Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (for CITV), Funky Town and Funky Valley (for Five’s Milkshake), Driver Dan’s Story Train and Numtums (for CBeebies), Chop Socky Chooks (for Cartoon Network) and Nina Needs To Go! (for Disney). Emma has also worked on web games, specials, commercials and creating content for BBC Bitesize. She is also an avid writer, having created and written scripts for The Brain Tumour Charity’s Ask Jake About series aimed at helping children with brain tumours, and working on pitches for Red Bull Media House.


Sophie Smith

Having graduated with a degree in Drama from the University of Bristol in 2003, Sophie spent time in London gaining experience in both theatre and television documentary production. In 2004, Sophie joined Aardman as a Runner on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Over the next 14 years, she worked her way up in production at Aardman: gaining experience in animated commercials, short-films, television series and feature films. Her natural habitat is long-form feature film production, and she has worked closely with industry greats Nick Park, Peter Lord, Richard Starzak on The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists, Shaun the Sheep The Movie, Early Man, and most recently Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. As Pre-Production Manager her job involves wrangling the script and story-reel into production, as well as coalescing the directors with their crew. Sophie is currently overseeing the day-to-day management of the Aardman Academy, which was established in 2013 to help meet the growing demand for animators in the UK, and to strengthen the ties between the animation industry and education.


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