School of the Arts, English and Drama

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Animation Practice, Process and Production (AP3)

In May 2011, the Animation Academy launched a new practice based animation journal, Animation Practice, Process & Production (AP3). This is a twice yearly hard copy text but the first issue is available for download. This, plus information on subscription and submission can be found here.

Aims and scope

Contributions are invited for Animation Practice, Production & Process, or AP3, a new peer-reviewed journal engaging with all forms and approaches to animated moving image practice, process and production. The journal encourages submission of innovative models of critical presentation, not merely in the form of the traditional essay, but also reflective production diaries, visual discussions of production processes, DVD works / works-in-progress with contextual material, process reports, interview / conversation pieces, image sequence analysis, archive projects, festival panel / presentations, etc.

AP3 is dedicated to defining and presenting the animation practitioner – understood here, as the animator, the independent auteur, the curator, the producer, the scriptwriter, all the roles within the studio production pipeline (storyboard artist, layout artist, editor, technical director etc.), the archivist, the collector, the festival director, the animation tutor, the researcher, the actor, the sound designer, the exhibitor, and more. The journal will showcase the constant reinvention and redefinition of the form, and articulate its increasing significance both at the margins and in the mainstream, through the voices of practitioners themselves, and those that study and admire their endeavours.

Article submissions

Illustrated articles should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Definitions of animation practice
  • Auteurist / collaborative / studio processes
  • Single roles (animator, editor, director, technical director etc.)
  • Single aspects of production (storyboards, scripts, sketches, layout, character development, technique, abstract forms, performance, sound, etc.)
  • Relationship between theory/ practice; practice-led research; practice-based research
  • Technologies/ applications
  • Historical forms and outcomes
  • Archiving – preservation/ conservation
  • Narrative • Visual effects
  • Pedagogic approaches
  • Analogue/ Digital production
  • Animation for exhibition/ Exterior spaces
  • Trans / Cross / Inter-disciplinary models