Animation Production Manager

Animation Production Manager

Producing Animated Content for Film and TV

The Animation Production Manager course will cover all the aspects of managing an animation film or TV project that are crucial for it to be completed within its allocated timeframe and budget, and at the promised level of quality. The course is for graduates and professionals of animation, film, business, media studies and similar, preferably with some animation experience, who wish to work as a production manager in the animation industry.

About Animation Production Manager

  • Facts

    Title:  Animation Production Manager

    Language: English

    Credits: none

    Duration of the program: 1 week (presence or online) + 4 online modules of 3 hours each

    Next program: Summer 2023. The exact dates will be published here later.

    Application deadline: To be announced

    Place: The Animation Workshop/VIA University College Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg, Denmark

    Fee: To be announced

    Online participation: The course is per default a physical course, but also open for online participation for those who prefer that. Online participants will be included in all course activities through a digital platform. The course fee remains the same for all participants.

  • Structure and content

    Daily schedule

    9.00 - 12.00 Class
    12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
    13.00 - 16.30 Class

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    The course is primarily a physical course, but we also welcome online participants who can stream the lectures and will take part in assignments and other activities taking place in class through an online conference/meeting software. Prior to the course, all participants will be asked how they would like to follow it.


    Course materials

    All participants are asked to bring a laptop so that they access the online conference/meeting software. There are no specific requirements for the laptop. All course participants will receive a book on the topic as well as other helpful material.


    Course content

    The course structure corresponds to the various steps of an animation production, covering the processes of initiating, planning, executing and closing the film. The participants will be expertly guided through the process and train the ability to foresee challenges and analyse the possibilities within the given budget when it comes to style, artists etc.

    The course will be a mix of theory and practical exercises designed to prepare the participants for managing a production and a team, either in-house or placed at various geographical locations. In order to accommodate the needs of as many participants as possible, the course will be part hybrid, part online, starting out with five days in Viborg but open for online participation followed by four 3-hour online modules taking place on evenings in August and September.

    During the course, the instructors, all active professionals from the animation industry, will cover a series of topics needed when managing an animation film production such as cashflow/budgeting, planning and deadlines, approval procedures, the roles and responsibilities of various team members, who are depending on each other, and how the production manager can facilitate a good work flow in terms of structure and communication. All of this is important for the project to succeed both creatively and economically.

    Many of the topics described above are covered by the main teacher, senior line producer Therese Sachse, and are relevant for both small and large productions as well as 2D and 3D productions. Therese has experience with many different types of productions and will also talk about the difference between small and large productions, and how the same topics apply in upscaled and downscaled versions to different types of projects.

    Additionally, there will be a focus on pipelines, taught through talks by specialists in 2D pipeline (Jonas Juhl, Sun Creature) and 3D pipeline (Jimmi Gravesen, Wil Film). There will also be a talk about stop motion productions by stop motion producer, director and animator Johan Oettinger, while the course ends with a module on post production taught by a post producer.

    In order to turn the theory into practical knowledge, the participants will be given an assignment of working with a fictive project in groups, where they have to create a production plan as well as a budget and a breakdown based on models provided by the teachers.

  • How to apply

    The course is for graduates and professionals of animation, film, business, media studies and similar, preferably with some animation experience, who wish to work as a production manager in the animation industry.

    The online application form will be available here when the course details of 2023 are settled.

    The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW) reserves the right to cancel the course should there not be enough participants.

  • Instructors

    Therese Sachse

    Therese Sachse

    Animation Producer & Consultant

    Therese Sachse has been working with animation since 1999. During these 20 years, she has obtained a great deal of experience when it comes to international productions, both on TV series and feature films. Currently she works for Axis Studios.

    Filmography selection: LEGO Star Wars Heroes Join Forces (Line Producer), LEGO Star Wars Freemaker Adventures Season 2 (Line Producer), LEGO Star Wars Freemaker Adventures Season 1 (Line Producer), LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales (Line Producer), LEGO Legends of Chima (Production Manager), Journey to Saturn – feature (DK) (Line Producer), Jungo Goes Bananas – feature (DK) (Line Producer), The Ugly Duckling & Me! – feature (DK) (Line Producer), Pre-production of LEGO Ninjago TV series (Line Producer), H.C. AndersensFairytales TV series (Production Manager), Jungledyret Hugo TV series (Production Manager), Troll Tales TV series (Production Manager)

    Laura Irvine

    Laura Irvine

    Animation Producer

    After studying social anthropology at university, Laura discovered the animation industry by “accident” and immediately fell in love with all things animation and production. Using her diverse skills beyond the industry, she has been learning and teaching ever since, involved in both long and short-form 3D productions at Triggerfish Animation Studios in South Africa, and now 2D productions at Sun Creature in Denmark. Past credits include BBC Christmas Specials Zog (2018) and The Snail and the Whale (2019), as well as the Netflix feature film Seal Team (2020). Laura is currently producing her first 2D feature film in Copenhagen.

  • Housing

    Accommodation is not included in the fee but Viborg offers several affordable accommodation opportunities. Within walking distance of the school you will find Oasen, Nattely and Klosterpensionen. The latter is located right next to Viborg's old Dome, right in the heart of the city. Other options include Lisely and Danhostel Viborg. You can also take a look at the local tourist agency's list of accommodation.

  • Contact

    Maria Skov Pedersen is a teacher and coordinator at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training

    Maria Skov Pedersen

    Coordinator and teacher of the Talent & Skills Department

    T: +45 87 55 49 44