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The Stargazers: Meet the Fall 2018 Interns!

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The fall interns here at FableVision have beamed down from their spacecraft and are already exploring the fields of art, production, and marketing!  With collaborative intern projects underway, these shooting stars are over the moon about utilizing their skills and becoming FableVisionaries in training.  This galactic journey is in progress, and it’s time to meet the interns!

Sparked your interest? Head on over to the internships page to see how you can apply!


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Jennifer Jordan

  • Hometown: Tyngsboro, MA

  • School & Major: Fitchburg State University, Communications Media with a concentration in Film/Video

  • Position: Marketing Intern

  • Portfolio: vimeo.com/jenjordan

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I go to Fitchburg State University for communications media, the same college FableVision’s co-founder Peter H. Reynolds went to, so I’ve been hearing about FableVision for years now! I always knew I was interested in children’s media but when I took a sound design class where I had to design a full soundtrack for a children’s audio book, it sealed the deal! I had so much fun with that assignment. Once I interviewed and saw the Wall of Inspiration and so many talented people working together in a creative space, I knew it was a perfect fit!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I LOVE learning, so I’m most excited to get my hands on new software, websites, and marketing strategies that I never knew about before.  Gaining more knowledge every day is awesome. I hope to learn more about social media marketing, and become a skilled blog post writer!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Scrump, the doll from Lilo and Stitch.  That movie is just so important and I’m in love with every aspect of it.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Probably have some hot tea and stretch, being frozen for 100 years sounds awful.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Dancing!
Favorite holiday: Halloween
Cat or Dog Person:
I am obsessed with all animals but I have to say cat! (Shout out to my two kittens, Penguin and Tiger Bear!)
Fantasy World you wish existed: The Hundred Acre Wood


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Yasmine Ebeed

  • Hometown: Windham, NH

  • School & Major: Simmons University, Communications with a concentration in Graphic Design

  • Position: Marketing Intern

  • Portfolio: instagram.com/yasmemez.design


    We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
    I’ve always been interested in art and animation, and I’ve lived my whole life thinking I had to move out to California to be a part of any type of animation studio, and after discovering that there was an amazing multi-media production studio right in my backyard, I was so excited! I spent my whole summer reading every blog post, watching every video and falling more and more in love with FableVision and what it stands for. I knew I wanted to be a part of it one way or another so I applied for an internship!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m most excited to learn more about marketing! Doing marketing for a studio is a new experience for me, but so far I’ve loved every second of it! Hopefully I come out of this expedition with a wealth of knowledge on how to create effective and engaging content. I also really love art, so being around so many creative people inspires me to better my skills every day, I’m still on the launch pad with a lot more to learn!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I would add my childhood Powerpuff Girls Room Guard, because it yells every time someone walks past it and I think it would make for a good laugh.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Probably go back to sleep.


Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Twitter
Favorite holiday: Eid! It’s an Islamic Holiday, I love getting dressed up and seeing friends and family!
Cat or Dog Person: Cats all the way!
Fantasy World you wish existed: The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender! I would LOVE to be a water bender.


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Vath Doangpratheep

  • Hometown: Waltham, MA

  • School & Major: Lesley University College of Art and Design ’19, Animation

  • Position: Art Intern

  • Portfolio: astellias.wixsite.com/portfolio

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
My professors and friends told me about FableVision and I immediately fell in love with their work. At the time, I was also taking a character design course with Bob Flynn and thought that it was a super fun and informative class, so I knew that I had to get involved with FableVision somehow and applied!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m excited to learn new art and animation techniques in a studio setting. There are so many passionate and talented artists here, it’s an inspiring environment to be in! I want to take in and learn as much as possible about everything that goes into the art process here!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Definitely a Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. Portal 2 is one of my all-time favorite video games because it has such an incredibly rich storyline, unique characters, and gameplay–it absolutely deserves a place on the Wall!

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
After the initial shock, I’d probably catch up on the endings to all the shows I never had the chance to finish.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Cute vids of animals being silly
Favorite holiday: Christmas—I love cold weather, cozy knitted sweaters, and giving gifts to family and friends!
Cat or Dog Person: I’m both!
Fantasy World you wish existed: I wish any universe from the Studio Ghibli movies existed! Especially the world of Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away because they’re all so full of nature and dream-like atmospheres


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Jess Brown

  • Hometown: Canterbury, CT

  • School & Major: Lesley University, Animation

  • Position: Art Intern

  • Portfolio: www.gemrysart.online

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
A love and appreciation for children’s media, and a great professor who kept encouraging me! I’d known about FableVision since my first year at Lesley—Bob Flynn came into my internship seminar class to talk about some of his work, and from then on it’s always been in the back of my mind. I have a lot of background working with kids, and so I felt really drawn to FableVision and the work that’s done here.


What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m really excited to be working alongside the other interns to create something brand new—getting experience in the production process with a team is always great and really valuable. I can’t wait to work alongside others and see what we make!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
If I could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, I think it would have to be a surfing pikachu figurine. Or this.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Teach the children in schools what memes Really Were and what they Really Meant.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: My glasses, sadly. Also, three full meals and multiple snacks, because my metabolism is a monster.  
Favorite holiday: I like December holidays a lot because I love giving people gifts—close in second is Halloween though, because I also really love giving myself discount candy.
Cat or Dog Person: Dogs! I love cats too, but I’ve gotta go with dogs on this one.
Fantasy World you wish existed: Ever since I was five years old I have never wanted anything more than to live in the world of Pokémon.  


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Christian Peth

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY

  • School & Major: Berklee College of Music, Business / Management

  • Position: Production Intern

  • Portfolio: Christian’s done sound design work on a number of FableVision’s games, including Georgia Race Through Time!

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I had previously worked for FableVision as a sound designer and composer for a couple of their games, so an internship was a logical next step.  It was an incredible experience working with each game’s development team, and as a result I knew I’d appreciate the company’s work culture.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m super excited to work with the other FableVision interns on our intern project!  Real world leadership experience is invaluable as a business management student. The primary “learning objective” of my internship at FableVision is mastering the basics UX Design.  It’s the ultimate combination of my expertise in product development and my fascination with how technology directly affects an individuals daily life.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I would feature artwork related to one of the games I composed music for, with a QR code incorporated into the artwork that would open a music playback engine featuring the game’s soundtrack.    

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
I would absolutely go out and explore my new surroundings, learning everything I can about the 22nd century through first-hand experiences.  

Fun Facts:

Something you can’t go a day without: Fashion is a critical component of my lifestyle, and my wardrobe is something I definitely couldn’t live without.
Favorite holiday: Halloween is the ultimate combination of festive fall treats and spooky movie nights.
Cat or Dog Person: Cat for sure.  I emotionally associate with cats on a number of levels.  
Fantasy World you wish existed: My inner child would certainly suggest the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Fantastical creatures, robust lore, powerful magic, it really has everything going for it.


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Priya Amin

  • Hometown: Port Neches, Texas

  • School & Major: Harvard, Joint Degree with History and Science and Visual and Environmental Studies with a Secondary in Integrative Biology

  • Position: Production Intern

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I used to play many educational video games growing up, and they were fundamental in my interest in school. If I tell that younger version of myself that I was working to help create the kind of content that inspired me to learn, I think I’d be so proud! Moreover, I am passionate about the intersection between education and entertainment, and FableVision’s work is positioned alongside my interests for my own career.

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What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I hope to learn more about how different production pipelines are specifically created to produce different media for FableVision’s clients. Overall, I look forward to contributing to content that I wish I saw more of--I’m excited about the projects in the fall lineup, and I can’t wait to see how they turn into viable products for larger audiences.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Something from Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, which was my favorite show as a kid.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 Years?
I’d probably make myself a grilled cheese; I bet I’d be really hungry (I’m always hungry).

Fun Facts:

Something you can’t go a day without: A shower!
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Cat or Dog Person: Dog!!!
Fantasy World you wish existed: The Wild Thornberrys

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The Fab(le) Five: Meet the Summer 2018 Interns!

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A new team of super-interns have assembled in Boston this summer, and they’re here to bring their powers to FableVision Studios! Our crew of caped creatives hail from all over the Northeast, and they each bring a unique set of powers and abilities to the studio. United by a shared love of Incredibles 2, these fearless FableInterns are now ready to share their secret identities with the world. Read on to learn more about their origins and backstories — so long as you promise that this information won’t fall into the wrong hands!

Like what you see? Head over to our internships page to learn more about FableVision’s internship program and how to apply today! 


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Antonia Januszewicz

Technical Intern

  • Hometown: Brighton, MA

  • Education: Winsor School ‘19

  • Favorite Subject: History

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
I was looking for an internship available for high school students, and Brian Grossman was looking for an intern. Our mutual friend put us in touch.

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision? 
Experience! I also hope to understand the intricacies of web development known as Javascript frameworks and AMFPHP. Of course, that can only happen once I figure out how to read the files for the current website — fingers crossed!

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio? 
I read unofficial translations of Chinese light novels. I also watch Detective Conan and at some point hope to make it through all 906 episodes.

What character from The Incredibles are you and why? 
Violet, because I’m shy and tend to stick to the back of the group

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  • Favorite pasta: Angel hair

  • Dream theatrical role: King Azaz in The Phantom Tollbooth

  • Your super theme song: "Deszcz na betonie" by Taco Hemingway

  • Ideal Superpower: Probability manipulation. I need something to fix my horrible luck.

  • Television character you identify with: Kaito Kuroba from Detective Conan or Magic Kaito.

  • Your kryptonite: Really good books. If I get into one, I’m not coming out ‘til I finish it.


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Avital Dayanim

Marketing Intern

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
I am always looking for opportunities to merge my love of art, writing, and psychology, and a FableVision internship provided the perfect intersection. I was raised on PBS Kids and Fantasia 2000, and I’m constantly reminded of the power of stories — those which are presented to us, and those we construct ourselves. Companies like FableVision have the remarkable capacity to present stories to young audiences who, in turn, look to these stories in formulating their understanding of the world and how to interact with it, and I was so excited to play a part in that process.

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
I’m looking forward to learning the ins and outs of marketing, and to experiment with writing outside of an academic context; social media requires an entirely new level of concision and attention to audience. I’m also excited to learn more about the world of animation and improve my time management skills.

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
I write poetry and do a lot of journaling/illustration. Sometimes I sing jazz standards with my dad and his band at obscure Bar Mitzvahs. Then we binge-watch Westworld.

What character from The Incredibles are you and why?
Probably Kari the babysitter because I’m perpetually overwhelmed.

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  • Favorite pasta: Bowtie

  • Dream theatrical role: Eponine in Les Misérables

  • Your super theme song: "Bravado" by Lorde

  • Ideal superpower: Ability to conjure dark chocolate in any setting

  • Television character you identify with: Elaine Benes from Seinfeld

  • Your kryptonite: Quality ink pens


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Derek Gieraltowski

Art Intern

  • Hometown: Prospect, PA

  • Education: Rochester Institute of Technology ‘19

  • Major: Animation

  • Portfolio: bit.ly/DerekGieraltowski

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
My friend Alyssa heard about the internship, and she encouraged me to apply! I applied last year and had an interview, but unfortunately didn’t get the position. I’m here now, though — never give up!

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision? 
I’m excited to work on a variety of different animated projects. One of the coolest things to me is that FableVision works on games and films, and I’m excited to explore aspects of both!

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
I like to write songs, and I’m a mediocre (but competitive) Super Smash Bros. player. I’m also the music director of RIT’s all-male collegiate a cappella group, Eight Beat Measure. It requires a lot of time and effort, but it’s the most fun in the world!

What character from The Incredibles are you and why?
Jack-Jack, because I’m indecisive.

 

 

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  • Favorite pasta: Fettuccine

  • Dream theatrical role: SpongeBob in SpongeBob the Musical or Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen

  • Your super theme song: "Shabadoobie" by Taku Inoue

  • Ideal superpower: Bringing inanimate objects to life, so I’ll never be lonely (my answer changes depending on when you ask).

  • Television character you identify with: Finn the Human from Adventure Time

  • Your kryptonite: Takeout


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Josh Artman

Marketing Intern

  • Hometown: Metuchen, NJ

  • Education: Boston College ‘19

  • Major: Communication

  • Portfolio: joshartman.net

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story? 
I first came across FableVision when I was researching media companies in Boston last year. As someone who grew up playing educational computer games (including the original Zoombinis!), I knew I had to apply for an internship. So I started reading the FableVision blog, followed (stalked?) the company on social media, and interviewed with Sarah Ditkoff and Mitul Daiyan in April. How’s that for a Logical Journey?

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
I’m really excited to be working in a media production studio. There’s so much creative energy here, and everyone is super talented and funny! I’m hoping it’ll all rub off on me and that I’ll gain some project management experience too.

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
This summer I’m helping a friend record a podcast series, DJing at my campus radio station, and making comedy videos for the satire paper at BC. When not creating content, I like to watch movies and go on runs!

What character from The Incredibles are you and why? 
Frozone, because I too do not know where my super suit is.

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  • Favorite pasta: Tagliatelle

  • Dream theatrical role: The Black Knight in Spamalot

  • Your super theme song: "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc.

  • Ideal superpower: Super whistling! I can sort of whistle now but I’d love to really control soundwaves. Have no fear, Boston — the Whistler is here!

  • Television character that you identify with: Philip J. Fry from Futurama

  • Your kryptonite: Charley horses


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Sam Xu

Art Intern

  • Hometown: Belmont, MA

  • Education: Maryland Institute College of Art ‘19

  • Major: Illustration

  • Portfolio: samxuart.com

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
I’ve done a few simple animated illustrations on my own and I was super excited to learn more as an animation studio intern. My school’s career center put me in touch with Bob FlynnHannah O’Neal, and Keith Zoo here at FableVision, and I was able to visit the studio when I went home to Boston for winter break! As soon as I set foot in the studio, I absolutely fell in love with the environment and community here.

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
On top of learning the ropes of animating and designing for animation, I’m definitely looking forward to working with a team and seeing a collaborative project through from start to finish, gaining communication skills, and learning to work efficiently within professional timeframes!

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How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
When I’m not saving lives in the studio, I love to watch movies with friends, make incredibly specific Spotify playlists, and I still draw for fun! I also bike and walk my cat in the backyard when the weather is nice.

What character from The Incredibles are you and why?
Voyd, because I also trip over myself when I talk to women.

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Behind the Scenes of "Beyond the Backyard"

Since coming together towards the end of May, the FableVision Summer 2017 interns have been hard at work on an exciting joint independent project. After meeting each other and discussing our shared interests in nature, wildlife, space whales, exploration, and adventure we knew we’d love working together.

After a few brainstorming sessions, we decided to create an interactive adventure game that captures the feeling of being a child exploring your backyard. You can read our Meet the Interns post from a couple months ago to learn more about our strong memories as kids exploring the outdoors.

Beyond the Backyard has five beautifully crafted scenes for players to explore. As the player goes through the game and ventures deeper into the digital backyard, they learn about the local fauna and flora of New England. To help along the way, players are equipped with a handy journal that displays adorable animations and illustrations as well as educational information about their surroundings and tips to progress the story.

Stay tuned for the exclusive game release coming next week! In the meantime, here’s a preview of our very own adventure embarking on game development at FableVision Studios.

The game officially releases next week! What are you most excited for people to experience?
Devon: Ideally, I want players to feel like they’re finding surprising secrets that have never been uncovered; to feel like they’re finding the little places in every wilderness that have a natural magic about them, like they’re peeking into another world.

Ellie: The biggest thing we wanted to convey when making this game was that sense of nostalgia you get when thinking back on your childhood, how everything was new and exciting, and that even your backyard has something new to explore and learn. For adults playing the game, I hope that nostalgia is apparent for them. For children, I hope it makes them feel as though they are actually out there in the wild exploring, especially for those living in the city.

Dan: I hope that all the scenery and the animals enthrall players and that it encourages them to explore every bit of content we’ve created. A hidden perk of the the development process has been learning a lot about New England wildlife, and I hope players will enjoy that discovery process as much as we did. Overall, it’s been an amazing experience working with two incredibly talented artists and I’m really excited for people to start exploring the beautiful world we’ve created together!

What’s your role on the project?
Devon: I get to wear many hats; contributing to the game design, animation, and writing, though my primary role is as the illustrator for the game. I created the backgrounds and still illustrations that can be found in each scene and in the journal entries. I am presently working on a series of illustrations that will be shown during the beginning and ending of the game as a sort of story introduction and epilogue.

Ellie: I get things moving! My primary job on the project is to make animations for the game. There are little animated critters in each scene and a click from the player prompts a journal to pop up displaying another animation with a little more personality. Aside from animations, I work with Devon and Dan to develop the written journal entries, and I help choose where/what species will make an appearance.

Dan: I’m the wrangler and developer for this project! My role is to take all of the beautiful art that Devon and Ellie make, assemble it in Unity, and then write code for all the various interactions and systems of the game. I’m also leading the marketing behind the project, and helping out with game design and writing.

How has this project allowed you to shine? What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
Devon: The things that I’m most comfortable with are backgrounds and still illustrations. The biggest challenge I had to face was the harvestmen daddy long legs I had to animate for the lake scene. I discovered that keeping track of eight legs is not an easy task when animating. Although it was a small challenge, I think in the beginning, paring down the ideas we had for the game into a manageable and cohesive whole was an intellectual challenge in and of itself. We have a whole handful of ideas that will probably not make it into the final game.

Ellie: When I first started my internship, I didn’t really know what to expect from the experience as a whole, let alone what to expect from my fellow interns. What I didn’t expect was for us all to become this totally rad three-man studio dream team.

I really got a chance to improve on my time management skills. One day I’m animating some Bambi-esque deer doing their beautiful nature pose, the next, I’m animating a raccoon eating garbage. Through this process, I learned how long certain things are actually going to take me – and luckily, we gave ourselves a little wiggle room so I didn’t get too far behind schedule. Making sure everything works with Unity has also been a challenge, but those problems are always solved pretty quickly and flawlessly – and usually not by me. (Thanks, Dan!)

Dan: I think this project has allowed me to show off my ability to collaborate effectively with others and use my programming/writing skills to supplement and enhance the fantastic work of my teammates. I’ve always felt that I shine brightest when my job is to do whatever I can to support others and allow them to showcase their strengths while covering for any of the team’s weaknesses. The biggest challenge for me has been incorporating all the incredible art into the game while keeping the file size low, which isn’t something I had done much of before coming to the studio.

What would you consider a lasting takeaway from this experience?
Devon:
You can do amazing things when you’re working with amazing people! The best part of this game comes from the combination of all three of our collective skills and interests. Ellie and Dan have been lovely to work with and all the support and advice from the team at FableVision has been very influential.

Ellie: We’ve all been completely invested in the project, worked really hard, and maybe most importantly, we all genuinely like each other. This experience has given me insight on what it means to be a team, and the incredible things you can achieve when you work with other people.

Dan: Working on this project has helped to reassure me that making games is definitely what I want to do and that it’s something I actually can do. Working as part of this team has been so much fun and I’m learning a ton about their creative processes and how I can best support them. The most important thing that I’ll take away from this is that collaborating can lead to results that are far beyond what any one person can do individually. I’ve really loved working with Devon and Ellie and I hope to persuade them to work with me again in the future! [Editor’s note: In fact, we love working together so much that Dan and Ellie already collaborated on a game jam featuring a space whale!]

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Once Upon an Intern: Spring 2017

Once upon a time, three interns took three very separate journeys to the magical land of FableVision Studios. They fought off deadly Self-Doubts, traveled across oceans of caffeinated beverages, and braved their way through surprise New England snowstorms. Ultimately, they made it to FableVision in one piece.

For FableVision’s three 2017 Spring interns, their stories began, quite literally, at opposite ends of the country. One of them could paint otherworldly images that practically jumped off the page, one wove fantastical narratives that hypnotized her readers, and one created living things out of paper and string. What they did share is a love of stories and storytelling.

Pull up an armchair, grab a cup o’ hot chocolate, and brush off those midwinter blues with tales about this semester’s FableVision interns!


Christine Brennan, Art and Animation Intern
Hometown: Hooksett, NH
School and field of study: Academy of Art University, Animation

How did your journey with art/animation start?
I started animating in high school when a few of my friends and I decided to start an animation club. Every weekend, we would meet, learn about animation, and create new projects together. I decided to pursue animation as a career because I was inspired by the collaboration, hard work, and creative atmosphere that comes with working on a team.

What do you like most about creating art?
Sharing it with people when I am done!

What other things are you balancing with this internship?
I’m taking three classes at my university online, and am starting driver’s education. I also balance freelance jobs, keep up with my art portfolio, and make sure my dog is thoroughly loved (the last being most important, obviously).

What advice would you give to people thinking about this internship?
Don’t think; just do it. Take the initiative and start your career! This is my first official internship and I couldn’t imagine a better environment to get myself acquainted with a working studio atmosphere.

More about Christine!

Favorite type of story? Fantasy! Anything made up and contrary to reality, because, in all honesty, real life is boring. My favorite story is Howl’s Moving Castle. I think it has phenomenal storytelling, and is innovative and beautiful.
Favorite fairy tale? Beauty and the Beast.
Favorite hero/villain combination? Simba and Scar because they both have nice singing voices.


Jayne Roberts, Marketing Intern
Hometown: Oakland, CA
School and field of study: Emerson College, Creative Writing

How did your journey with writing start?
Before I loved to write, I loved to read. I loved how different words, and combinations of words evoked different emotions. Eventually, I wanted to see what kinds of emotions I could evoke with my own writing. I started by drawing up cards and stories for people on holidays. I’d write a poem for each of my friends on Valentine’s Day and gain confidence by how excited they were. Now, I’m horrified when I look back on how badly they were written. I mean, seriously, who rhymes “donkey” with “baby?” Still, it’s those first attempts that got me to where I am today, so I’m pretty grateful for elementary-age me.

What other things are you balancing with this internship?
At the moment, I’ve got a full-time job working at a bookstore, I’m working on my graduate degree in creative writing, and I’m finishing my first novel...plus a screenplay, book of poetry, and collection of essays. I think it’s safe to say I have focus issues.

What advice would you give to people thinking about this internship?
Always challenge yourself, but remember to relax. Everyone who works here remembers what it’s like to be just starting out, and they actually want you to succeed. Don’t be afraid to fail. You’ll learn more from trying out new things, even when they don’t work out, than you will by playing it safe.

What do you like most about creating art?
I love the almost out-of-body experience that occurs when something you’ve created finds its way from your brain out into the real world. You’ve tied together little pieces of yourself with pieces of the outside world and let them grow together. It’s a pretty cathartic experience.

More about Jayne!

Favorite type of story? One that takes me through a range of emotions. All of my favorite authors have had me in drowning in tears, choking on my own laughter, and staring off into space in deep contemplation with a single story.
Favorite fairy tale? Any of the ones involving Anansi. He gets away with murder!
Favorite hero/villain combination? Peter Pan versus Captain Hook.


Mollie Davis, Art and Animation Intern
Hometown: Northampton, MA
School and field of study: Northeastern University, Studio Art

How did your journey with art/animation start?
In 4th grade, I drew a dog pretty well, and my classmates were so impressed that they asked me to draw their animals. I started to wonder if I could be an artist when I "grew up". I was raised in Northampton, Ma where I was fortunate enough to meet local artists, take art classes, and enjoy a public school system that encouraged the arts. My sister is also creative and I think our friendly/not-so-friendly competitions pushed me to do better and work harder.

What do you like most about creating art?
I like that art crosses barriers more easily than anything else: age, time, religion, language. In the graphic novel, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, readers learn about her life growing up in Iran, going to school in France, and the hard times without ever talking to her or visiting those places. I think art is one of the best methods of communication and it's convenient that a lot of it is funny and beautiful because that means a lot of people want to engage with it. I think going into this field carries a responsibility to aspire to and go beyond the best of what has come before. Isn't that exciting?

What other things are you balancing with this internship?
Phew, it's a lot. I'm in production on my capstone film, a six and a half minute animated short. I'm a co-founder and Director of Exhibitions for sparka contemporary art collective dedicated to exhibiting art on campus (for students, by students) and educating the Northeastern community about contemporary art. Also, I'm a board member of the animation club and I freelance for the mobile media company Bare Tree Media.

What advice would you give to people thinking about this internship?
Put your best foot forward and don't be afraid to let what you are passionate about shine through. FableVision offers a lot of room to learn and grow.

More about Mollie!

Favorite type of story? Drama and adventure stories. If an author or illustrator has built up a sturdy world and compelling characters, I'll buy the ticket and hop on the ride immediately. I like stories where the characters face big challenges, have to overcome them, and maybe learn something.
Favorite fairy tale? Alice in Wonderland. I find Lewis Carroll's original story fascinating—the subtle political commentary, the mathematic riddles hidden in nonsense, how Alice is constantly and randomly challenged at every turn, and the wordplay.
Favorite hero/villain combination? I really like Chihiro vs. Yubaba. I really like Spirited AwayPeriod.

 

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