FableVision’s Spring 2018 Interns Go for the Gold!


This year’s spring interns are going for the gold! This group of old and new friends has already taken off down the slopes with their collaborative independent projects. Coming together over a love of food, books, and the cosmos, this semester’s projects are sure to wow you Chloe Kim style. Get to know these champion artists, marketers, and producers with their dream figure skating routines, gold medal winning bobsled teams, and FableVision journeys!

Head over to the internships page to learn more about FableVision’s internship program, and how to apply!

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Position: Production Intern
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
School & Major: Computer Science at Wentworth Institute of Technology

What brought you to FableVision?
I was looking over places to apply with a friend, and as soon as I read out FableVision he yelled, "Zoombinis!" I had never heard of FableVision or Zoombinis, but after seeing that the job would encompass my passion for media, games, and development, I applied immediately (and learned all about the adorable blue Zoombinis!).

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I'm a production intern, but a game developer at heart, so seeing the tools and techniques of production in a studio is definitely the most exciting part and the most useful. All these are things I'm looking to start incorporating into my workflow and using to improve how I communicate with members of my team.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I collect a LOT of stuffed animals (mostly game characters), but the one most near and dear to my heart is a stuffed Shy Guy from Mario. I'd definitely add one of them – they're adorable.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
First off, bobsledding sounds terrifying. Second off, I'd take the rest of the intern crew – Allie, Lucia, Claire, and Sarah. If I have to go down the mountain at 90 mph on an unrestricted and potentially dangerous sled, I'm taking them all down with me.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
A bass boosted nightcore dubstep remix of “Für Elise.”

What would you win a gold medal in?

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
Chloe Kim just did two 1080s back to back, so it'd be cool to meet her.

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Marketing Intern
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
School & Major: Communications at Boston University

What brought you to FableVision?
I discovered FableVision last summer and decided then that I needed to get involved in whatever way I could. I reached out to Sarah and Mitul at the beginning of the school year to chat about FableVision and the roles that they play here, and fell even more in love with everything FableVision. My meeting with them further solidified that I wanted to apply for the marketing internship, and here I am!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I’m most excited to be in such a creative environment! I love art and drawing, so it’s amazing to be surrounded by so many creators all the time! I’m hoping to really hone my writing and marketing skills for the creative industry, and get to flex my artistic muscles here and there.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
My plushie of Nook from Animal Crossing because I hope to be a money mogul like him someday.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Definitely Mitul because the air would streamline right over her head and help us go faster. I hear Mikaela is good at puns, so she would be a good one to recruit to come up with a killer team name. And finally, Sam B. because she is running in the Boston Marathon and that’s the type of athleticism I want on my gold-medal-winning bobsled team.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
Any Ariana Grande song or a mashup of all of them.

What would you win a gold medal in?
Watching Tiny House Hunters instead of the Olympics.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
Chloe Kim!

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Art Intern
Hometown: White Plains, NY
School and Major: Animation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

What brought you to FableVision?
I came to FableVision because I want to create media and content for kids!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I'm most excited to work with other people. While I'm here, I want to improve my proficiency in Adobe Animate.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
A Transformers toy!

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
If I had a bobsled team I would recruit Mitul, Hannah, and Christina.  

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
I would skate to "Golden Dandelions" by Barns Courtney.

What would you win a gold medal in?
I would probably win a gold medal in sleeping.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
I most want to meet Gabby Douglas.

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Art Intern
Hometown: Springfield, IL
School & Major: Animation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

What brought you to FableVision?
I heard about the studio from one of my professors, so I decided to check it out. Since there aren’t too many narrative/character based animation studios in the Boston area, it definitely peaked my interest. When I saw they had an internship program, I immediately applied!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I’m really excited to work on the independent intern project. Now that I’ve learned a bit about how the studio goes about animating characters, I feel more confident and excited to put it into practice. I’m looking forward to learning more about how FableVision brings its characters and stories to life!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
There absolutely needs to be more Avatar: The Last Airbender merchandise on the Wall of Inspiration. That show is what brought me to this career path, and it’s an amazing reference and inspiration for any artist.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Of the people I’ve gotten to know so far from FableVision, I’d have to choose Hannah, Christina, and Keith. I feel like they collectively have enough energy to make a 10/10 bobsled team.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
I would figure skate to Lily Allen’s cover of “Somewhere Only We Know,” only because it is soft, sweet, and makes me cry every time I listen to it. Although in hindsight, that may be an issue on the rink…

What would you win a gold medal in?
If I was actually an Olympic competitor, I’d probably do best at speed skating. I love moving at high speeds – or working fast at anything – so getting to fly around a rink all speedy would be…ideal.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
I would want to meet Mirai Nagasu because seeing her land a triple axel during her ice skating routine was incredible. I am proud and happy for her.

Production Intern
Hometown: New Hamburg, NY
School & Major: Master of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education

What brought you to FableVision?
Sam B.'s fiancé (now husband)! I had a class with him and when he heard that I wanted to get into educational media he told me all about Sam and the wonderful place that is FableVision.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I love everything! Overall, I'm really enjoying seeing the way that educational goals and genuinely awesome media products intersect. Balancing these two priorities is a true art form. I'm thrilled to see it in action and to better understand how both sides communicate and come to agreement.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Maged (for the hilarious commentary on the way down the hill), Sam B. (so we can be the stylish bobsled team), and Mitul (because she would obviously bring treats to throw to the adoring fans).

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
“Ice Ice Baby”...duh.

What would you win a gold medal in?
Best snowboard wipe out.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
Michelle Kwan! I made a Michelle Kwan figure skating board game when I was eight and she obviously needs to know it exists. Rule number 1: Michelle always wins.

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Marketing Intern
Hometown: White Plains, NY
School & Major: Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University

What brought you to FableVision?
I first heard about FableVision from one of my professors at Tufts, in a class about children and mass media. As a Child Development major, I’ve always had an interest in kids and education, and as I read every inch of FableVision’s website while writing my application, I was captivated by how FableVision engages with educational content in new and innovative ways.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I’m really excited to learn more about the ins and outs of marketing and maintaining social media pages. I’ve always loved to write, so I’m glad this position offers me the opportunity to write like crazy – whether it be 280 characters for a tweet or a full page for a blog post.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
The puzzle card game Set! A go-to on family game night when I was growing up.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Sarah, Mitul, and Allie. Marketing team = best team.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
I listened to Lorde’s album Melodrama on repeat for about two weeks straight when it was released last year, so I have to go with “Liability” from that album.

What would you win a gold medal in?
I could definitely make the podium if there was a competition for saving really yummy recipes on Pinterest and then never ever making them.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
From this Olympics I would love to meet US figure skater Adam Rippon – the first openly gay American winter Olympian. Rippon stood up for the LGBT community and authored my current favorite tweet.



Behind the Scenes of FableFolk: Creative Juices

As part of my independent project, a unique feature of FableVision’s internship program, I wanted to use my burgeoning interest in video production to highlight some of the incredible things that take place on the top floor of the Boston Children’s Museum—FableVision Studios. I was excited when I realized I could create something personally meaningful because of my history with the studio.

In 2014, I needed a career change. I wanted a job where I could be creative and work on fun stuff, not stuffy stuff. I wanted to make video games and cartoons and not sit in a gray cubicle. While researching studios in New England, I discovered FableVision and Creative Juices: Glow-In-The-Dark.

Creative Juices is FableVision’s signature annual event. From its humble beginnings as a doodling competition among FableVision artists, Creative Juices evolved into an open house art show for the artistic community within and around FableVision Studios. I had to be a part of it, and registered for my ticket.

I still have it.

I was blown away and totally inspired by the show. I vividly remember the room covered in glowing Post-It note doodles by Director of Art & Animation, Bob Flynn, and an absolutely stunning celestially-themed digital painting by Hannah O’Neal, Animator. I recall how cool it was to see video games featured at an art show. The talent and the atmosphere of the studio were out of this world, and I knew I had to work here.

I enrolled in college courses again, majoring in communications and focusing on media production and writing. When it was time to apply for internships, there was only one place I wanted to be.

Achieving my dream was incredible, and I knew that documenting this year’s Creative Juices show was the best way to honor my past, present, and future with FableVision Studios.

Branding created by Bob Flynn exclusively for FableFolk.

Why did I choose a video for my independent project?
I’m a jack-of-all trades. I love writing, making games, podcasting, and filmmaking, so the chance to work on these projects with an award-winning studio was incredible. I came into FableVision with a lot of ideas for my independent project, and I was especially inspired as a fan of other intern projects like She: The Warrior and Beyond the Backyard.

As Sarah, Mitul, and I discussed my independent project, we realized there was a lot of excitement and synergy around a video studio diary, especially with the opportunity to celebrate Creative Juices.

What was the process like?

Once we decided I would create a video for my independent project, I went on to develop and pitch the idea. Something wonderful I learned from the pitch meeting was how to incorporate feedback to refine a concept. My original plan for FableFolk was great but BIG, and after the presentation, the project evolved into something that fit into the studio’s processes while retaining the heart of the idea.

Pre-production might be my favorite phase of a project because there’s so much potential and I get to figure out how it’s all going to work. The first thing I do is create project spreadsheets with separate tabs that help me track deadlines, shooting schedules, graphic and sound assets, equipment, and more.

I wanted to interview a couple FableVision staff members who could provide unique perspectives on Creative Juices, so I scheduled time with Bob Flynn and Mitul Daiyan, Communications Strategist. I knew the story angle I wanted from the video, so I wrote a set of questions that could coax the sound bites I needed. I also worked with Bob and Hannah to design the graphics I would need to make the video pop.

The more time you spend in pre-production, the less time you spend on the rest of the project, but I learned there’s something to be said for adaptability and improvisation too.

Once I had everything planned and scheduled, it was time to film! We filmed the interviews before the show itself because it gave us footage for a short promo video ahead of Creative Juices. There were a lot of moving parts to keep track of, but I kept to the checklist and Sarah Ditkoff, Communications Director, was a huge help in setting up and recording the audio. The interviews went well, and they looked great.

Filming at Creative Juices was an interesting challenge for me. I’m shy, and filming at a party made me feel intrusive and obnoxious. Ultimately, I got enough footage for the video, but I know that I would film differently, more confidently, if I did this again. Practice makes perfect.

Editing is a close second to my favorite part of filmmaking. I like assembling footage and audio and finding the story. The first stab at editing feels a little like dumping Legos all over the floor before building. As the video takes form, however, it’s a lot like sculpting clay where you have to find the right places to cut and shape the pieces.

The editing process also loops into the approval and revision process. I learned a lot about the steps the marketing team and FableVision Studios takes to ensure a project is at its absolute best before final approval and release . I found the approval process immensely fulfilling as a creator.

Once I had approval, it was time to market the video through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Something I’ve learned during my internship is that crafting effective and compelling social media posts requires skill, insight, and a sharp wit, and every platform challenges you to take up a slightly different voice.

Marketing FableFolk: Creative Juices, like marketing anything, required me to carefully consider what I wanted to convey about the video. What was my message? My instinct was to shout, “look at this new video series I made!” but the better angle was to center the story on Creative Juices. The video complemented the show as a retrospective piece, and I think the social media around the video posts reflected that. I was honored to create something that spoke for the people at FableVison.

What did I learn?
The FableFolk video project was a great way to put the skills I’ve learned at school into practice, and it was also an opportunity to figure out what aspects of production I enjoy most. I learned that cinematography is a challenge for me, but I love project management, interviewing, and editing. Working amidst a crowd of strangers at an event is something I would like to improve on.

An important lesson I took away from this project was how to create something that fits in with an organization’s identity and operations, and how to work as a team across departments to create something special. I couldn’t have made this film without FableVision and the talented people in the studio!


Interested in being an intern at FableVision Studios and honing your skills? Learn more here!




The Unexpected Playmate

Behind the Scenes

The Unexpected Playmate is a collaborative animated short about imaginary friends by FableVision’s fall 2017 art/animation interns, Hang Li and Anastasia Ricoy. Inspired by the poem The Unseen Playmate by Robert Louis Stevenson, this is a story about friendship, imagination, and play.

“I strongly believe in the power of friendship and imagination. In my mind, poems provide huge resources for storytelling,” shares Hang. “ As one of the oldest art forms, poetry is an essential way to gain an abundant cultural heritage and immaterial treasure. I am eager to transfer this verbal language to visual language.”

Hang and Anastasia decided to share their telling of the story through moving animation, allowing them to collaborate, bond, and become friends.

What inspired you to create The Unexpected Playmate?  
Hang and Anastasia: We wanted to create an animated short that showcased the power of imagination, play, and friendship. Hang is particularly fond of poetry, and we wanted to see if we could pay tribute to one of her favorite poems by bringing it to life with our respective talents.

Could you tell us about the animation process? What elements went into production?
Hang: In pre-production, I created character designs and storyboards for the film. In order to clarify the story, I used various camera movements to show different visual experiences in one shot. This was the biggest challenge for me, but I enjoyed playing within the frame. I animated three scenes, including the changing of the leaves and snow effects, while Anastasia marked her playful storytelling in the treetop scene. Anastasia also had the idea of scanning watercolor textures to overlay on our work, adding a lively, illustrated element that we both really loved.

What did you both learn? Any final thoughts?
Anastasia: I’ve worked collaboratively before, but this was a new experience to me. We worked in a wonderful studio environment and animated. Along with many new techniques, I learned about the importance of working on a schedule. We made room for challenges that could arise during the project and, thanks to the help and support of the FableVision team, we were able to finish by our deadline with a story we are both so proud of.

Hang: Working on this independent project taught me a lot about storytelling and teamwork. A good story needs collaboration, communication, and sincerity. Many thanks to Hannah for her infinite wisdom, and to Mitul and Sarah for giving us the marketing tools to share our story.

I truly enjoyed this precious and valuable experience at FableVision.

Interested in learning more about internships at FableVision? Check out our Jobs & Internships page!



The Collaborative Kitchen: An Independent Blog by Olivia Jones


This blog series is part of a larger initiative started by Olivia Jones, fall 2017 marketing intern. “The Collaborative Kitchen” is a site that welcomes all food lovers to explore ramblings, reflections, and delicious and easy original recipes. The goal of this blog series is to share Olivia’s passion for food in posts that are both thought-provoking and fun—to educate, create, and promote a positive food narrative around healthy habits, collaborative cooking, and meaningful meals.

Happy World Food Day! It’s only fitting that today’s delicious holiday coincides with The Collaborative Kitchen’s inaugural post. Today we’re celebrating food in all forms, picked fresh or prepared by hands all over the world. In line with this positive narrative, let’s do some diving in and debunking.

I’ve been obsessed with food my whole life, and by default, it’s almost always on my mind. After 21 years of this madness, you’d think I’d be a grub guru. The truth is, the more I think I know, the more I am surprised and enlightened by what I do not know. My inner-database is dynamic and constantly updating as I learn more about nutrition through media, classes, and shared experiences.

One thing I do know, however, is that food is a good thing.

Groundbreaking news, I know. But it’s something that people so often forget in a culture that praises certain foods and demonizes others. From internet ads that promise perfection by staying away from “fattening foods,” to the constant media bombardment of food-shaming messages, it seems as though the only remaining “healthy” options are kale and protein powder.

But before you toss out your bread and butter, re-evaluate the source. More often than not, these scare tactics are used to sell. It’s crucial to break down these meal myths. Everyone’s seen the classic commercial where we have a hungry person (usually a woman) trying to land on a snack, facing the token tradeoff of some delectable sweet versus the “healthier” option.

This type of ad is a textbook example of the binary I’m referring to when I say that certain foods are “demonized,” while others are praised. But in swearing off foods, we are both underestimating the human body and limiting ourselves from the simple experience of a tasty treat.

The point is—in its natural state—all food is good food so long as it is balanced. And at the end of the day, the key ingredient in the food we consume is healthy, satisfying energy. To get the most energy from your food, check out USDA’s MyPlate Checklist simulation, which can be adjusted depending on age, BMI, and calorie intake.  

So there you have it—it’s science. Thank goodness we can still eat cheese, amirite? Phew.

Speaking of which, I’m about to hit you with one of my favorite mashups of all time: pizza and fall, all nestled in a warm and cozy little boat.

Now I’m the kind of person that nearly weeps at the first orange leaf, but I promise no exaggeration when I say these are some of my favorite autumn treats. Hard to believe something that’s this melty can be nutritious, but with this recipe we’ve got Mother Nature decked out in her finest, a la veggie couture.  

Dare you to read on.



I first discovered spaghetti squash boats when I was perusing Pinterest one fateful, fall-enthused day. Upon spotting this recipe, the PSL-drinking, cozy sweater-wearing, Halloween-fangirling fire in me sparked like crazy. I had to make these boats of gooey, cheesy, veggie-loaded bliss. And so I did. And I’ve been making them ever since.

(serves 4)

  • 2 spaghetti squashes, washed
  • 2 c. favorite tomato sauce*
  • 1 c. fresh grated mozzarella (low-fat/part-skim is fine)
  • 8-16 turkey meatballs**
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Parmesan, to taste (optional)


* I used Trader Joe’s “Roasted Garlic Marinara,” but any tomato-based pasta/pizza sauce will work.
** Depending on how hungry you are. I usually use 4 meatballs per whole squash, cutting the meatballs into halves before placing them on top.

If vegetarian, feel free to sub in veggie meatballs or any other protein! If vegan, ditto, and switch out the cheese for vegan cheese.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.

  2. Make sure spaghetti squashes are rinsed and sticker is peeled. Then, poke holes all over each with a sharp knife. One by one, place in the microwave for 3-5 minutes (this will soften them up and make them easier to slice in half).

  3. Allow squash to cool before slicing each in half with a knife. Turn squash half-side up on a cooking sheet and rub olive oil over the top, leaving the seeds intact (these will be scraped out later). Season generously with salt and black pepper, then place half-side down on the cooking sheet.

  4. Once the oven is finished preheating, place the cooking sheet with the squash in the oven and bake for about an hour until fragrant and tender. Remove from oven when cooked, place halves facing up again, and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. While you’re waiting, crank the oven temperature up to 400° F.

  5. Scoop seeds out of the spaghetti squash using a large spoon—these can be discarded, or washed and saved to prepare later on!

  6. Using two forks, scrape the inside flesh of the squash to create “spaghetti” strings, leaving them inside of the skin, and discarding any additional seeds. Add ½ cup of tomato sauce and mix in with the squash until all of the flesh is coated. Nestle in the meatballs and sprinkle ¼ cup of mozzarella over the top of each half. Divide the teaspoon of dried oregano between the halves. (This will give it that good “pizza” flavor!)

  7. Place spaghetti squash in the oven for an additional 15 minutes until all cheese is melted. During the last five minutes, turn the oven settings to “BROIL” to give the cheese that pizza-like bubble and browning.

  8. Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and serve in shallow bowls. For an extra sharpness, sprinkle the tops with fresh grated parmesan. Dig in!*

*When you dig in… make sure you don’t get too overzealous. “Pizza burn” doesn’t end with pizza (lesson learned the hard way by the roof of my mouth).