Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Can Our Students at Escape Studios Make You a Short Animated Film?

Here at Escape Studios we often get asked this question: Can your students make me a short animated film? The answer is a loud and enthusiastic yes.

We love making animated films, and we love doing live briefs for clients.

We have even set up a small film co-operative at www.nano-films.com especially to create short films. So, how does it work in practice?

Why do our students do outside briefs?
Our animation students are super-talented and they like taking on small freelance jobs to develop their portfolios and become fully-fledged professionals. We will make you something you will be proud of.

How does it work?
There are two ways our students can help make you a short animated film. The best road to travel depends on the answer to this basic question: Do you have a budget?

Yes, I have a budget
Great! Now go directly to www.nano-films.com and check out what we have done for other clients. We have made films for as little as £1,000, and even if you have a very tight budget we can still make you something exciting and special.

No I don't have a budget
If you have no budget at all, we can still make you a great film, but we will have to sell your project to our students, get them excited about it, and motivate them. If it's for charity, that's a big plus. We will gladly help out a good cause but we don't generally want to work on freebies for giant corporations. Unpaid projects generally will likely take longer, and we will have to fit it into an assessed project in the academic year.  Most of our students start casting around for ideas for short film productions in September or October, with production generally finishing in the Spring of the following year.

What is the story you want to tell?
It helps a lot if you have a story in mind. We can help you flesh one out, but having a good idea of what your story is, is an important starting point. 
How long is your film?
Remember that animation is slow, expensive, and time-consuming. Anything over 2-3 minutes is probably too long.

What style do you want?
We can't deliver Pixar quality on a shoestring budget. If you can show us a relatively simple style of animation that you like, this helps point us in the right direction. Links to YouTube videos are ideal. 

When do you need it done by?
Everyone needs a deadline.

If you would like a short film made here by our talented students at Escape Studios, email me at alex.williams1@pearson.com.

To see more about Nano Films, check out our website.


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