All in the FableFamily: An Art Intern’s Story

Growing up in a traditional Colombian household, it’s drilled into me that family is the most important thing in one’s life. I still believe that to this day. My family consists of my mom, my younger brother, and me. My father passed away the summer before my second year of college, but I still feel as though he’s watching over me and helping me out whenever I hit roadblocks in my life. It’s because of the importance I place on family that I appreciate and was drawn to FableVision’s culture and family-like environment. 

Upon first glance FableVision seemed like any other studio, but after doing some more research into the kinds of projects they work on, I found something special that made them stand apart from all of the other animation studios in the area. FableVision makes content that’s entertaining, story driven, and selects projects that help children and adults of all ages and backgrounds – that spoke to me, and it was because of that that I applied for their 2016 Fall internship program!

Art interns Adam Reed and Jen Sanchez with marketing intern Tessa Berliner

On my first day, I was greeted warmly by the staff and given a tour of the office. We started with the Wall of Inspiration, a huge wall covered in knickknacks, vintage figurines, and toys from each member of the FableVision staff. I found several relics from my childhood on that wall and immediately felt at home. Artwork from current artists filled the walls and the overall decor was fun and welcoming. In the center of the studio was the “hub,” where artists, developers, and producers work together. The interns sat at a long, white, oval table (which was usually filled with treats that I may or may not be guilty of mindlessly snacking on while I worked).


With interesting animation and storyboarding exercises, I learned about animating with Flash, making informative, fun, and interactive storyboards. I also learned a great deal about deadlines.

As part of the internship, art interns are given the opportunity to collaborate with marketing interns on a group project. My fellow art intern, Adam, and marketing intern, Tessa, joined forces to produce a Cultural Cookbook that highlighted FableVision’s family-like culture. The three of us worked together as a mini production studio with weekly meetings, team check-ins, planning and preparation, and deadlines to hold us all accountable. We were given a great deal of freedom and the feedback we received from our supervisors helped bring the project together. In the end, we successfully completed the cookbook and got to present it at the weekly staff meeting in front of the entire studio.

FableVision's Hannah O'Neal awarding Jen with an honorary FableVisionary award. 

After 10 weeks of interning at FableVision, I can honestly say that my initial instinct was right. This company not only focused on creating family-friendly educational content, but has become a family themselves. I half expected to be treated like any other intern, ignored and told to fetch coffee or lunch. FableVision wasn’t like that at all. Everyone welcomed me with open arms. They were interested in my artwork and were always ready to lend a helping hand. I learned so much from them and I will always treasure the advice they gave me. Thank you so much, FableVision for making me a better person as well as a better artist!

About Jen

Jen Sanchez was one of the 2016 fall art interns at FableVision Studios. She attends SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, and will be graduating with a BFA in Animation and a minor in Storyboarding in June 2017. You can view her portfolio here



Presenting: “Blue Barry” by FableVision Art Intern, Adam Reed

Art Intern Adam Reed has been working on an independent project during his time at FableVision this fall. His project is a comic geared toward teens that are starting to experience the signs of depression. People can start showing signs of depression as early as thirteen and fourteen, so Adam wanted to make something to catch the attention of teens while conveying the message and information in a clear, approachable way. That's how he landed on the idea of a comic starring a little blueberry named Blue Barry.

Adam's comic lays out some of the basic symptoms of depression as well as different ways of treatment. It was Adam's goal to create a helpful, yet fun comic that sheds the social stigma around mental illness. While not all forms of depression are the same, his comic lays out some of the basic symptoms and treatments to the disease.

Click the arrows in the below gallery to see the full comic. 


You can see more of Adam’s work on his Instagram account here.



FableVision's Cultural Cookbook

It's finally here! We fall interns have been hard at work illustrating, animating, editing, and compiling FableVision's Cultural Cookbook — just in time for Thanksgiving! We hope you'll find these stories and recipes just as delectable as we do.

Use the fork and spoon icons to move forward and backward though the pages. Want to check out a specific recipe? Click the corresponding animated food icon to be transported directly to that page. If you need to find your way back to the start, just click on the menu button in the bottom right.

For an inside look at the project, be sure to check out our behind the scenes post. Click through the image below to get to the full project. Note that the Unity web player may not work on older browsers, so please switch over to Firefox or any other preferred browser if it doesn't work on your version of Chrome. Happy reading and eating!



FableVision’s 2016 Fall Interns Present: An Appetizer

At FableVision Studios, we’re focused on creating “stories that matter, stories that move.” Inside the actual studio, we each have our own stories that fit the bill and have flavored our lives in ways that matter most to us. These stories have come in different forms, from works of art to literary pieces, animations, and videos. As part of our independent intern project, Jen, Adam, and I decided to compile anecdotes and recipes from our fellow FableVisionaries to create one cohesive, interactive, and incredibly delicious story.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve cooked up this semester.

From left: Adam, Jen, and Tessa


  • One marketing intern (Tessa Berliner)
  • Two art interns (Jen Sanchez and Adam Reed)
  • Ten weeks
  • Many secret intern meetings
  • Countless hours in Photoshop, Unity, and Flash
  • A dash of creativity

Begin preparing individual ingredients.
It was during the initial Intern Meet and Greet that we decided to combine our talents and make something truly incredible. We actually started with two separate lists to determine our final idea: one of different themes and the other of different forms of media we could potentially produce. We landed on the idea of creating an interactive cookbook — partially inspired by our hungry stomachs but mainly inspired by the melting pot of cultures around us in the studio.

                                   The Original FablePigeon

In the original iteration, a wandering pigeon led the reader through the cookbook by interviewing various FableVisionaries, but we felt that it was missing some dose of relatability. We scrapped the bird (sorry, FablePigeon!) and decided to interject ourselves into the story, much in the same way we found ourselves interjected into FableVision’s company culture. We pitched the idea, honed our concept, requested the recipes, and started embarking on the cultural cookbook journey.

Jen's original page layout.

Combine ingredients and mix until well blended.
After deciding on our topic, we split the roles among the three of us: Jen was illustrating the layouts, Adam was designing the animated ingredients, and I was editing the recipes and stories and piecing it all together in Unity. We felt that this split best represented each of our strengths  while also giving us something new to learn.

This collaboration carried over into how we conducted our private intern meetings, with each of us presenting our progress and coming up with design ideas together. We’d present our progress to our internship advisors periodically for  guidance. We let our ideas marinate and we watched a well-seasoned recipe book come together.

Bake covered for 20 minutes.
We’re not revealing the cookbook in full quite yet, but we thought we’d give you a small taste below with a sample recipe (call it an Appetizer), as well as a glimpse into what’s cooking in the FableVision oven. Be sure to check back for the full meal — it’ll be a real treat!