BAFTA Kids Discussion With The Creator Of Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island Julia Pott

BAFTA Kids Discussion With The Creator Of Cartoon Network's Summer Camp Island Julia Pott

BAFTA Kids Discussion With The Creator Of Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island Julia Pott

BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) children’s department – BAFTA Kids has uploaded a video featuring an in-depth discussion with the creator of Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island – Julia Pott. In the video, Julia talks about what sparked her interest in animation during her younger years, when she had the opportunity to pitch her Summer Camp Island show idea to Cartoon Network, and the show’s production process.

Summary of the BAFTA Kids Discussion Video (with additional info):

At a young age, Julia enjoyed drawing and wanted to work as an animator for Disney, she also watched animated shows exclusively until she was about 15 or 16 years old, her mother was very supportive and Julia expressed herself through drawings as she was a visual thinker. Originally, Julia studied illustration as she wanted to be a children’s story book illustrator, until she was told by someone that animation was a way to convey the full story visually. Julia started off producing short films, and started making connections with people in the industry. Julia’s manager in Los Angeles suggested that she could try pitching a television show as it’s basically a series of a short films, with each short film representing an episode.

Julia Pott is a big fan of Adventure Time and joined the show’s production team at Cartoon Network Studios in January 2015, she then produced a pitch bible for her Summer Camp Island idea which was greenlit by Cartoon Network. The idea of Summer Camp Island originally came from Julia’s thesis at The Royal College of Art in London, her thesis was an animated short called “Belly” which is a coming-of-age story about a character named Oscar and his older brother which was based on Julia and her older sister.

Julia Pott’s animated short film – Belly:

Julia then moved to New York to produce advertisements and music videos, but she became disillusioned and wanted to pitch her show idea. An episode of Summer Camp Island takes eight months to produce, an episode is developed at Cartoon Network Studios for about ten weeks, then the animation process is carried out in South Korea, then the animation studio in South Korea hands back the nearly completed episode and then Cartoon Network Studios handles the final post-production and mixing stage before the episode is ready for broadcast.

Julia’s favourite part of working on the show is working in the writing room, as it’s a relaxed atmosphere and many of the show’s ideas come from the everyday lives of the show’s writers. Julia’s day-to-day job as a showrunner is full of variety, ranging from storyboarding to producing animatics.

In Summer Camp Island, Julia voices the show’s main antagonist – Susie, she finds voicing Susie to be rather cathartic as its an opportunity to say things about people but never had the guts to say it. For anyone who wants to get into animation, Julia advises to draw and write as much as you can and getting feedback for your work from other people is also important and meet as many people as film and animation festivals. Julia also suggested to write and draw comic books if proper animation equipment is not available as it helps to develop storyboarding, drawing and storytelling skills.

https://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/show/summer-camp-island

http://www.baftakids.org/videos

BAFTA Kids To Celebrate Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Anniversary With A Special Screening Event

Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary

BAFTA Kids To Celebrate Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Anniversary With A Special Screening Event

Next month, Cartoon Network UK will celebrate 25 years of broadcasting in the UK (and the wider pan-European area), to mark this occasion, BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) children’s division – BAFTA Kids will be hosting a special screening featuring classic episodes of Adventure Time, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball along with a brand new show from Cartoon Network Studios – Summer Camp Island – created by British animation director – Julia Pott. The screening and Q&A will take place at BAFTA’s Piccadilly headquarters in London on Saturday 29th September at 2pm.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Mic Graves, the series director of The Amazing World of Gumball. The screening and Q&A event will be presented by Nigel Clarke – the presenter of Cartoon Network UK’s Ben 10 Challenge. Tickets for the event can now be purchased on the BAFTA website (tickets can only be purchased by BAFTA members).

http://www.bafta.org/whats-on/bafta-kids-celebrates-25th-anniversary-of-cartoon-network

Cartoon Network UK has announced on Twitter that Summer Camp Island and another brand new show from Cartoon Network – Craig of the Creek will premiere on the channel this Autumn!

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk

Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018

Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018

Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018

Later this week (19th to 22nd April) is the Cardiff Animation Festival in Cardiff, Wales, UK. The animation festival is one of the largest in the UK and celebrates home-grown and international animation. On the first day of the festival (Thursday 19th April) some of the UK’s top childrens’ content commissioners will be speaking during the “Afternoon Tea with the Children’s Commissioners” session. Turner EMEA’s VP of Programming and Content Strategy, Kids (Cartoon Network/Boomerang/Cartoonito/Boing), Acquisitions and Co-productions International – Cecilia Persson will also be there. Other content commissioners attending the event are Cheryl Taylor (Head of Content, for CBBC), Stuart Rowson (Head of Curation and Discovery for CBBC), Lucy Murphy (Head of Kids Content at Sky UK) and Sioned Wyn Roberts (Children’s Commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C).

During the session, each content commissioner will discuss what they’re looking for in terms of child-friendly animated programming. After the session, there will be an opportunity for potential show creators to pitch and discuss their ideas in a ten-minute one-to-one session with a content commissioner, they’re also there to offer advice on how to get an animated project picked up and commissioned by a children’s channel. The session is supported by BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Wales division – BAFTA Cymru.

http://www.bafta.org/wales/whats-on/afternoon-tea-with-the-childrens-commissioners

http://www.cardiffanimation.com/caf18-industry-day