Cartoon Network’s First Ever Animation Jam
Cartoon Network USA will be hosting their first ever “Animation Jam” at Cartoon Network’s studios in Burbank, California, USA, which will take place on 9th-11th July. The Animation Jam is a get together of university undergraduate and interns from across the United States, these university students will have the opportunity to produce a 15-second animation short based upon Ian Jones-Quartey’s creation “O.K. KO! Let’s Be Heroes”.
The animation jam will give students an opportunity to work as a full-time artist, Cartoon Network Studios will give students and interns production tools and a team of animation mentors to help them with Ian Jones-Quartey himself offering guidance and assistance.
The animation jam follows the successful Game Jam Cartoon Network hosted back in February this year in Portland, Oregon, where 200 independent game developers produced games based on Lakewood Plaza Turbo.
Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network made this statement regarding the new animation jam initiative:
“Building on our ‘Game Jam’s’ creative energy, we are expanding into new forums for storytelling with the launch of the first animation jam. We want to give students an opportunity to experience the world-building process that is unique to O.K. KO!”
Students and interns will be selected from the following universities: University of Southern California; School of Visual Arts; California State University, Fullerton; Laguna College of Art and Design; California Institute of the Arts; San Jose State University; Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Savannah College of Art and Design; and Exceptional Minds, the first American computer animation studio and non-profit digital arts school for young adults on the autism spectrum.