Call for papers for Animation, Practice, Process & Production

Contributions are invited for Animation Practice, Process & Production, or AP3, a peer-reviewed journal engaging with all forms and approaches to animated moving image practice, process and production. The journal encourages submission of innovative models of critical presentation, not merely in the form of the traditional essay, but also reflective production diaries, visual discussions of production processes, DVD works / works-in-progress with contextual material, process reports, interview / conversation pieces, image sequence analysis, archive projects, festival panel / presentations, etc. 

AP3 is dedicated to defining and presenting the animation practitioner – understood here, as the animator, the independent auteur, the curator, the producer, the scriptwriter, all the roles within the studio production pipeline (storyboard artist, layout artist, editor, technical director etc.), the archivist, the collector, the festival director, the animation tutor, the researcher, the actor, the sound designer, the exhibitor, and more. The journal will showcase the constant reinvention and redefinition of the form, and articulate its increasing significance both at the margins and in the mainstream, through the voices of practitioners themselves, and those that study and admire their endeavours. 

Article submissions:

Illustrated articles should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Definitions of animation practice

Auteurist / collaborative / studio processes

Single roles (animator, editor, director, technical director etc.)

Single aspects of production (storyboards, scripts, sketches, layout, character development, technique, abstract forms, performance, sound, etc.)

Relationship between theory/ practice; practice-led research; practice-based research

Technologies/ applications 

Historical forms and outcomes

Archiving – preservation/ conservation


Visual effects

Pedagogic approaches

Analogue/ Digital production

Animation for exhibition/ Exterior spaces

Trans / Cross / Inter-disciplinary models

Please e-mail article submissions to the journal editor, Paul Wells at


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