Cartoon Network Studios Chooses Six Finalists For Its Inaugural Storyboard Artist Training Programme

Cartoon Network Studios Chooses Six Finalists For Its Inaugural Storyboard Artist Training Programme

Cartoon Network Studios Chooses Six Finalists For Its Inaugural Storyboard Artist Training Programme

Cartoon Network Studios has announced the finalists for its first ever Storyboard Artist Training Programme. The Storyboard Artist Training Programme is a 12-week long paid course on the fundamentals of storyboarding, specifically for content formatted for television.

More than 2,000 people have applied for the training programme, but six artists were specifically chosen based on their artwork portfolio and their ability to express storytelling through the use of art. The Cartoon Network Storyboard Artist Training Programme forms part of Cartoon Network Studios Academy’s Artists Incubator Initiative, which was developed in response to growing industry demand for storyboard artists for children’s animation productions.

Starting next Monday (4th February) until 26th April, the six finalists will be taught storyboarding techniques, dialogue writing, gesture drawing and expressing physical comedy through the use of drawings. The six finalists will also get production experience with various in-house production crews and will be taught by special guest instructors including Matt Burnett and Ben Levin (creator of Craig of the Creek), Owen Dennis (creator of the upcoming series – Infinity Train), Julia Pott (creator of Summer Camp Island) and JG Quintel (creator of Regular Show and the upcoming TBS series – Close Enough).

The chosen six Storyboard Artist Training Programme finalists:

Marcy Bones

Marcy is a storyboard artist who has worked in indie games, comics, and animation. Recently, she had a comic featured in Stacked Deck Press’s all-trans comics anthology, We’re Still Here, and has completed storyboarding work with independent video game developer and publisher – WayForward Technologies. Marcy is also developing a television pitch, The Other Town. She graduated of Savannah College of Art and Design.

Jazzlyn Weaver

Jazzlyn is a 2D artist who specialises in storyboarding and visual development. Jazzlyn has worked as a storyboard artist for the Universal Phoenix Group, and as a 2D artist for EsianMail, where she gained experience in visual development, storyboards, character design, sound and editing. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation from Sam Houston State University, and attended the 2016 UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute where she obtained her Certificate of Completion, Creative Producing.

Christine Le

Christine graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Entertainment Art/Animation and a minor in Cinema and Television Arts. Christine previously was on Pixar’s Summer Story Intensive programme and also participated in Cartoon Network’s 2016 Animation Jam.

Alabaster Pizzo

While working for LA-based Shadowmachine Animation (known for its animation work on Robot Chicken, The Shivering Truth and Final Space), Alabaster completed backgrounds for Netflix’s upcoming Tuca and Bertie series. The New York’s School of Visual Arts graduate also previously worked as a storyboarder on Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island.

Brigitte Woltjen

Brigitte also attended New York’s School of Visual Art, she has worked as a freelance illustrator and created several of her own projects.

Miranda Harmon

Miranda has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History from Maryland’s Goucher College. Miranda has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and coloring assistant for clients including Cards Against Humanity, Lion Forge and Scholastic Books.

Cartoon Network’s First Ever Animation Jam

Cartoon Network's First Ever Animation Jam

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.