Imagine Animation is a leading website and magazine resource for animators of all levels, from students to professionals. The publication tackles issues pertaining to the entire spectrum of job fields along the animation studio pipeline, from 2D artists and concept designers to texture artists and lighting engineers.
The website contains the latest industry news, updated daily, features, videos, show and tell, industry blogs and a comprehensive, dedicated event listings section. New for 2011 is the online directory, displaying hundreds of company listings for all aspects of animation production and promotion. With over 8,300 registered users, the website is a tour de force within the sector, bringing together animators from across the world.
In addition to the website is the Imagine fortnightly e-newsletter, which delivers industry news, information on relevant competitions and the best of show and tell straight into 8,000 pertinent, targeted inboxes.
The magazine is published four times a year, and has an overall reach of 16,500 principally in the UK and Europe. In addition to subscribers, the publication targets broadcasters, studios, licensees, organisations and commissioners to ensure a wide and powerful readership comprised of decision-makers and fund holders. As a key media partner to many of the largest events in animation, Imagine offers bonus distribution at key events, including:
- Cartoon Movie
- Cartoon Forum
Additionally, the annual student directory targets a key demographic of the sector – reaching young animators on the cusp of their career and decision-makers such as lecturers.
Imagine Editor Tallulah Speed discovered her passion for animation at Bournemouth university, where she studied multimedia. Tallulah has over four years experience in journalism and has worked on a diverse array of titles, including Irish Dance Magazine, Bristol Property Live and University Caterer.
Alex Collier was a Viz cartoonist until he went to university for three years to learn how to do animation. Having produced animation for the BBC with Vic Reeves and Ross Noble, he is currently frantically creating a Viz animation for Channel 4. He works from home in the North East, mostly in his pants, surrounded by empty coffee cups and packets of Pro Plus.
Damon Jones is a freelance journalist with a keen interest in film, and all aspects animation. After graduating from Reading University with an English, Film and Drama degree, he worked in the post-production dungeons of London for six years before moving into journalism.
James Clarke is the writer of Animated Films (Virgin Books) and Movie Movements: Films That Changed The World of Cinema (Kamera Books). As a scriptwriter he's worked on animation series during their long haul development phases and this year, the short film Chasing Cotards, for which he wrote the screenstory, has played at a number of North American film festivals. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/jasclarkewriter.
Saint John Walker
Saint John Walker is fascinated by animation technology and the cultures and disruption it throws up. Coming from a background of building industry facing degree courses in animation, games and VFX for places like the National Film and TV School, University of the Arts and Cambridge, he now works as Head of development at Skillset. He recently chaired a series of panel discussions at the London international Animation Festival, and co-authored the free to download Core Skills of VFX handbook for Skillset.
Stephen Cavalier is an animator, director and midfield general who also writes stuff, mainly about animation. The author of The World History of Animation, he lives on the delayed 7.17 from London to Brighton. http://www.100animatedshorts.com/
Wildfire Comms is
committed to respecting the privacy of customers and users of our websites.
This policy has been developed because we want you to feel confident about the
privacy and security of your personal information.
Who we are
governs the manner in which Wildfire Comms – hereafter referred to as "The
Company", "Us" or "We" or just "Wildfire
Comms" – uses, maintains and discloses information collected from
customers and users of our websites (the "Data"). It does not apply
to any other company or to any other company's websites even if you access them
through one of our websites. If you disclose your personal information to other
companies your information will be dealt with according to their privacy
Wildfire Comms takes
all reasonable care to prevent any unauthorised access to your personal
Personal Information Collection
We may request or
collect personal information from online users in a variety of ways, including
through online forms for ordering subscriptions and services, and other
instances where users are invited to volunteer such information. "Personal
you as an individual, or is capable of doing so – for example, your name,
address, telephone number, email address, date of birth and billing
Non-personally identifying information
We may also collect
information on how users interact with our websites by using cookies and log
files that may include your Internet Protocol (IP), browser
"user-agent", pages viewed and other activities similar activities.
How will we use the information
Wildfire Comms may
use the personally identifiable information collected to contact customers
regarding products and services offered by the company and, as necessary, to
provide the products and services to the customer, our suppliers, contractors
and partners. We may also use information provided for research, marketing,
advertising, sales and statistical analysis. We will not in any way share this
information with a third party for free or by selling it outside the company,
unless you specifically authorise such disclosures. We will also use your
information for processing your order(s) and managing and administering your
account, delivering any products or information requested by you, responding to
enquiries or complaints, verifying your identity and for administering debt
Wildfire Comms may
also disclose aggregate, anonymous data based on information collected from
Users to investors and potential partners. In such cases, statistical
information only will be disclosed, and personally identifiable data will be
kept strictly confidential. If Wildfire Comms or a brand name is sold to a
third party as a whole, the information collected from users may be transferred
to the new owners.
We may also collect
and use other information for internal purposes – for example, contact with our
technical support or sales departments, accesses to your account and any
reported violations of our terms and conditions that you or someone on your
account may have committed. This is to help us fit the service to your
individual needs, to help us diagnose problems you may be having, and for
Disclosure of information to others
We may disclose
information about you or your account to titles operated by Wildfire Comms, in
the event we undergo re-organisation or are sold to a third party or, as
necessary, to our suppliers for them to be able to supply certain items to you
(such as domain name registrations). We do not sell or pass your personal
information to third parties (other than as already stated) unless you have
given us permission or unless it is necessary to delivery the products and
services ordered or used by you. Wildfire Comms may also be obliged to disclose
your personal information to meet any legal or regulatory requirements or
obligations in accordance with applicable law.
On occasions, it is
necessary to send out service related announcements, such as maintenance and
upgrade warnings. Users may not opt-out of these communications, though they
can deactivate their account.
Length of data retention and Data
The time period for
which we keep information varies according to what the information is used for.
In some cases, there are legal requirements to keep data for a minimum period.
Unless there is a specific legal requirement for us to keep the information, we
will retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the
data was collected or for which it is to be further processed.
The data may be
stored on one or more databases directly or indirectly maintained by Wildfire
Comms. We employ industry standard security measures to protect the confidentiality
of the information, but while we cannot guarantee that any loss, misuse or
alteration of data will not occur, every effort is made to prevent such
occurrences. Any particularly sensitive information (such as credit card
details) is encrypted prior to transmission to us and will only be stored in
Access to your information
If you wish to find
out what personal information Wildfire Comms holds about you, please tell us
and give us any relevant information (such as your full name, address and
internet domain names) to enable us to locate the information about you,
because this will speed up our reply. We may be able to provide the specific
information you want without you having to make a formal request. You can make
a formal request if you want to know what personal information we hold about
you. In this case, please put your request in writing to: The Company
Secretary, Wildfire Comms, Unit 2.4 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS1 5AL.
Please be aware that
communications over the Internet, such as emails/webmails, are not secure
unless they have been encrypted. Your communications may route through a number
of countries before being delivered - this is the nature of the World Wide
Web/Internet. We cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or
loss of personal information that is beyond our control.
Transferring your information outside the
It may be sometimes
necessary to transfer your personal information to companies located in
countries outside of the European Economic Area. This may happen when our
servers, suppliers or service providers are based outside the EEA. The data
protection and other laws of these countries may not be as comprehensive as
those in the UK or the EU - in these instances we will take steps to ensure
that your privacy rights are respected.
If the information we
hold about you is inaccurate, please let us know and we will make the necessary
amendments and confirm that these have been made. If any of your information changes,
it is your responsibility to notify us about the change as soon as possible. It
is your sole responsibility to ensure that all usernames and passwords issued
to you are kept safe and secure.
Monitoring/Recording of communications
We may monitoring or
record your calls, emails, text messages and other communications that may take
place in accordance with UK law, and in particular for business purposes, such
as for quality control and training, to prevent unauthorised use of our
systems, to ensure effective systems operation and in order to prevent or
We may change our
Protection Act. New policies will be published on our web site or listed at the
UK Government's Information Commissioner.