Please see Application Procedure for details.

2D Animation Next Step Bootcamp

Tutors: John Peavoy Kirsten Shiel Michael Downey Kevin Murphy

Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Duration: 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th August

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Skillnet are proud to present the new instalment of their 2D Animation Bootcamp, aimed at recent graduates interested in joining the 2D Animation industry. This course is offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by COVID-19.

Devised in consultation with professionals from various Irish Studios, the Bootcamp will involve an introduction to the stages of a modern 2D Animation Production. Operating a holistic approach, the key aim of this course is to expose the graduate artist to the key aspects of the working environment.

The aim at the end of the Bootcamp is for participants to be better prepared to obtain work with a studio. Due to the current situation linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Bootcamp will take place entirely online and spread over two weeks as follows:

Tuesday 4th August, 7pm to 9pm
2D Animation Industry Overview

  • Typical department/production structure/pipeline
  • How departments work with each other
  • Details about various roles available in Ireland
  • Case studies

Wednesday 5th August, 7pm to 9pm
Showreel & Online Portfolio Part I

  • Dos and don’ts
  • Useful platforms and visibility
  • Case studies
  • Homework given

Thursday 6th August, 7pm to 9pm
Getting into Business

  • Contracts
  • Invoicing
  • Personal Finance/tax

Tuesday 11th August, 7pm to 9pm
Applying to Jobs

  • How to research & read a Job Spec
  • CV writing & layout
  • Cover letters

Wednesday 12th August, 7pm to 9pm
Software Presentation

  • What programmes are used by studios in Ireland depending on each role and throughout the pipeline

Thursday 13th of August from 7pm to 9pm
Showreel & Online Portfolio Part II

  • One-to-one portfolio/showreel reviews and feedback

About the Tutors:

John Peavoy – John is a lecturer of animation and illustration with the Athlone Institute of Technology. He has previously worked as an animator with Cartoon Saloon on projects such as The Breadwinner and Puffin Rock. He has worked as a supervisor, animator, editor, and animation designer for a wide range of clients such as RTÉ, BBC, Nick JR. Netflix, Amazon, and others from America and across Europe.

Kirsten Shiel – Kirsten Shiel has been working in the animation industry on both 2D and 3D projects for Disney, Nickelodeon, NBC Universal and Netflix as a background artist, a character designer, a concept artist, an art director and now a lead designer at Brown Bag Films Dublin. She is also an award winning illustrator who has worked for clients like the BBC, Microsoft, Aer Lingus and even John West Tuna!

Michael Downey – Michael is an experienced Talent Acquisition professional with over 5 years experience as a Recruiter in busy operations environments. He currently works for Boulder Media, more specifically recruiting talent for their upcoming feature animation. Michael has extensive experience bringing candidates through hiring processes from start to finish. His industry experience includes Animation, Technology and Cybersecurity.

Kevin Murphy – Kevin has been delivering his “Business 101” series of workshops since 2017, teaching groups of creatives the simple fundamentals of what is required to handle tax, accounting, and contracts in Ireland, so that they can get into business for themselves. Kevin has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD, is a QQI Certified Trainer, has studied with the Irish Tax Institute towards the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification, and has extensive experience working in accounts and book-keeping roles in various companies. He’s currently finishing an MSc in Business Analysis & Consulting with IESEG School of Management in Paris. He founded RetroNeo Games in 2015, made it Limited in 2016, and finally converted it to a training company in 2018.

Participant Profile:

This course is aimed at recent graduates interested in joining the 2D Animation industry.

Application Procedure:

Please apply via the Animation Skillnet site by 12pm on Friday 17th of July: 

Applicants must include a link to a CV or LinkedIn profile and a link to an online showreel or digital portfolio in their application. Showreels and portfolios in progress will be accepted.

Please note: applicants must have a current, valid address in the Republic of Ireland in order to be considered for this course

Please see Application Procedure for details.