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#PostChat: ‘Animation and the Post Process’

This week, the #PostChat conversation was about “Animation and the Post Process,” with guest Judith Allen (@jaa_edit), a London-based freelance editor/assistant editor/visual effects editor who has been working in film and television since 2003.

Allen ( worked as a VFX editor at Aardman Animations on the Oscar-nominated stop-motion feature The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, released inthe spring of 2012. She also spent time at Framestore on various features and pitches.

Currently she is at Blue Zoo ( editing a new animated series called Q Pootle 5 (52x 11-minute animations), which is now running on CBeebies in the UK. The most recent episodes can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer ( site. The show is also airing on ABC TV in Australia.

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Gordon Burkell

According to #PostChat’s Gordon Burkell (@AotgNetwork), an editor who also runs, the goal with this topic is to expand and explore the post process of animation.  “How does an editor tackle this medium? How does one work with animators to get the best from both parties?  How much control does the editor really have? What software would one use to create their own animation? Stop motion vs. hand drawn vs. computer generated.  What about building the story in the preproduction process? How involved is sound and editing in the story structuring and building of content and the overall film?”

According to #PostChat’s Jesse Averna (@Dr0id), “This chat with animation editor Judith Allen was very informative. She stayed up till about 2am her time to be a part of it. One of my biggest take-aways was that animation editors really have to be a part of not only shaping story and pacing, but the world and composition of shots as well.

As Allen said during the chat, “In drama, so often a cut can be made to get the emotional level just right for that line or moment. In animation, you create it.”

Check out the transcription of this week’s chat:

So join the conversation on Wednesday evenings, 6pmPST/9pmEST. Follow #PostChat.

 Image Caption: Judith Allen

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