Who wouldn’t want to work in New Zealand (that’s the place where Peter Jackson filmed Lord Of The Rings).
Oktobor Animation is now accepting “portfolio and reel submissions for super-cool digital concept artists for pre-production including character, prop, and environment design on interactive, transmedia and CG animation projects.”
That’s fine, but what kind of thing are they looking for? They’d “love to see fantastical and epic environments, creatures, stylized characters, robots, vehicles, etc.”
If that sounds like a lot like comic book work, you’re not far off. Concept art for movies, TV shows and animation looks a lot like comic book art. And what are comic book artists if not conceptual artists?
Applicants need to be self motivated, and able to adapt to different styles with a great sense of lighting, color and composition. But my favorite is this: “a strong knowledge of anatomy and proportion, human and creature.”
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Want to work for the vast Disney empire? And for the team that made Toy Story, Up and the upcoming Brave?
Pixar is hiring some folks for their Emeryville offices and while some of them aren’t exactly making comic books, people with comic book skills might be right for them.
One is Character Sketch Artist where you’ll be developing drawings that “explore the visual look of a film.” This includes characters, objects, sets, backdrops, all that stuff and from all angles.
Another is Story Artist where based on written/verbal descriptions from the Director (or Head of Story) you’ll “create quick thumbnail sketches through to finished detailed storyboard panels,” perform background research and illustrate script pages, coming up with story ideas yourself.
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Do you love the animated cartoons? Of course you do.
This isn’t technically a comic book job, but if you have some comic book skills, you could handle it. Nelvana, the Canadian animation powerhouse, is looking for an Art/Design Coordinator for one of their animated series (name unknown, for now). It’s a 12-month position, which isn’t bad in the world of television animation. You’ll report to the Art Director and be “responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Design and Art team” on the series.
What does that mean?
Just the following: “Provide administrative support to Art Director, Assistant Art Director, Design Supervisor; Act as a liaison for all activities relating to the Art/Design Teams; Review Scripts/Boards to prepare Design Lists,” and quite a bit more in terms of administrative and managerial.
Cartoon Network, the home of Adventure Time, Ben 10, and Scooby Doo, is looking for some helping for the Spring.
It’s all part of their Spring 2012 Intern Program. It’s 12 weeks, 15-20 hours per week. No money, and course credit is optional (it helps if you’re somehow majoring in Animation or a related field).
You’ll be doing all the usual (and occasionally horrible) intern tasks, but you’ll be jumping into the deep end of the animation pool. Cartoon Network’s Internship Program “exposes students to a variety of duties and provides valuable knowledge of the industry. Students may have the opportunity to learn and observe a number of functions within the production department. They will be exposed to all aspects of a traditionally animated series.
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Do you have what it takes to be the voice of Batman? Or are you more Twilight Sparkle?
Either way, if you’ve ever asked yourself, “How can I break into the wonderful world of voice-acting?” there’s a class that might have your answer.
My pal, actress and voice director, Stevie Vallance has been doing cartoon voices for some time. We just finished working together on a show that's coming up later this year on Nicktoons.
It was a real treat to watch her in the booth, bringing out the best performance from our actors and helping them breathe life into the words on the page.
When she’s not doing that, Stevie runs a series of voice-over workshops called Tooned In! Animation Voice-over Acting Workshops.
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If you can draw comics, the theory goes, you can also be a storyboard artist.
In fact, many comic book artists also do double-duty as storyboard guys. Stephen DeStefano is one. Keith Giffen is another.
If you have storyboard experience, then Nickelodeon is looking for you.
Attention cartoon fans! Sydney Opera House in Australia has just moved into round 2 of their global GRAPHIC animation competition.
It's part "of the GRAPHIC 2011 festival of storytelling, animation and music."
In round 2, they've narrowed the field to 10 1-minute animated shorts by a host of creative folks - if you love the short cartoons and want to see some terrific animation in a variety of styles get over to their website and watch and vote.
And feel free to vote for Dave Barton Thomas' short, Kissing Gramma. He's a friend of mine, he won last year, and we have a project together - not this one - that we're hoping goes somewhere.
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Lucas Licensing, that tiny little division of the massive Star Wars empire, is looking for a new Emperor, I mean, Senior Editor.
You'll be "responsible for all aspects of development, editing and approvals for the adult fiction and comics program." Sound great yet?
There's more, of course, by why bother reading when you could be dropping your resume over there Right. This. Second.
Here's some more in case you're not convinced yet: "Creatively develop new storylines for Star Wars fiction/comics to maintain and grow our readership."
Or how about this: "Work with publishers and Publishing team to identify appropriate writers and/or illustrators for each project."
You'll need some education, of course, and at least "5-7 years of publishing experience and 3-5 years as an editor" but that is nothing compared to your nerd cred: "Solid knowledge and demonstrated interest in Lucasfilm brands" and "solid knowledge of SW fiction (expanded universe)."
Good luck, job seekers!
[Artwork: Knight Errant: Aflame, a new trade paperback from Dark Horse, coming in August and © Lucasfilm]
Word has reached us that crazed Fox News commentator Glenn Beck was recently pitching around Hollywood to create an animated series based on his life as a child.
I'm sure someone saw this as a good idea in the same way that someone thought Happy Days, Gilligan's Island and The Harlem Globetrotters would make good cartoons.
But Beck will need something now that his Fox TV show is going to be cancelled at the end of this year.
We asked around the various Hollywood studios and got a list of the rejected pitches for various Beck-based cartoon shows, none of which have materialized.
"Development Hell" must also be part of a vast conspiracy.
Here then, are the Top 10 Beck cartoon projects that may yet find their way to your flatscreen:
Do you know what would be a good job if you had the right skills?
Sales account executive for the growing Cartoon Brew empire, that's what!
Cartoon Brew is the animation entertainment site – packed with news, commentary, reviews, and one of the most active comments section on the internet.
There's lots of good stuff over there for anyone who's a fan of cartoons and animation – features and shorts, tv animation, student films, etc.
It's run by animation historians Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi and they keep it going daily and keep it interesting.
Now they're looking for someone to help generate some ad revenue, so if you have experience generating that cash, and you love cartoons, you should get over there right away and see what it's all about.
That's all, folks!
[Artwork: Porky Pig, © Warner Bros.]
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