Animation Skills

From storyboarding to animating to developing your business. Hear from experts in the animation industry, and learn what you need to know to develop your skills.

Storyboard development with Conánn Fitzpatrick

"Text gets far too much respect." In this video, Conánn Fitzpatrick passes on top tips for developing a narrative using the storyboard process. Simplicity, expressiveness and flexibility are the three key approaches for storyboarding success.

Dog Ears children’s media

How to develop a hit children’s TV show. In this video, the creative team at Dog Ears share their experience in producing hit children’s animation, Puffin Rock. Their key messages:

• Plan your content in advance for multiple platforms; • Don’t try to do it all yourself. Develop strong partnerships to complement your core skills; • Make time to develop your brand.

The Dog Ears team spoke at the Belfast Media Festival at CultureTech 2014 in Derry~Londonderry supported by Honeycomb - Creative Works.

How to learn CelAction

CelAction is a leading cel animation software package, fast gaining traction with production houses around the world. CelAction animators are in demand, and Honeycomb wanted to help build a skills base in our region. Working closely with Julie Gardner, Head of Production on award-winning Lily's Driftwood Bay, Honeycomb ran a course in CelAction in February 2015. Ben Cady and Liam Wheatcroft of King Rollo Films spent an intensive week with a group of twenty dedicated animators at the Media department of the Northern Regional College.