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FableVision's Seasonal Survival Guide: December

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We’ve almost made it! We’re in the home stretch of 2018, the holidays are fast approaching, and the New Year is almost upon us. We know the last month of the year always goes by in a flurry, and it can be easy to let the days escape you, but have no fear! December’s guide will revamp your motivation, and help you soak in the last days of 2018.


Activities

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know everyone’s New Year’s Resolution is to be more active, but why not start now?!  We have just the activities to get you moving this holiday season.

Get Active: Snow Excuses

  • Grab your trusty skates or rent a pair, and hit the ice (no, not literally, it may be slippery -- so try not to fall!) There’s something special about skating in the crisp night air under the stars, but if swimming is a more realistic option where you’re from, check out Rink Finder to find the closest indoor arena to you. Skating can be a daunting task to those who are not well acquainted with the sport, find adult skating classes near you!

  • If you’re not afraid of the cold and you live in the right climate, snowshoeing is an amazing winter outdoor activity. Buy a pair of snowshoes (or rent them from your local rec center) and go on an adventure! Great photo-ops along the way too! Need more info before taking the plunge? Check out this first-timer’s guide.

Walk/Drive Around to See the Lights: All Light Long

  • Holiday lights are right up there with fall foliage for the best views of the year. If your neighbors love to go all out, consider taking an evening stroll to see the festive decor. Nowhere worth gawking at nearby? Take a drive to the town center or another neighborhood with more to take in. The twinkly lights and beautiful displays are sure to get you in a cheery mood!


Crafts

Whether you're looking for a fun and easy decoration or a beautiful homemade gift, we’ve got you covered.

Paper Snowflakes

Right Click to Download FableVision’s Snowflake Template

Right Click to Download FableVision’s Snowflake Template

"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."

The age-old classic doesn’t have to be so simple! Paper snowflakes can be beautiful, intricate designs that will spruce up any dorm room or party space! Check out these templates for a more mature version of a childhood favorite. After they’re cut out, leave them blank for a classic version, or add glitter and decoration.

Or, add a New Years spin to your snowflakes and write some early resolutions to keep you motivated throughout this last month of 2018 and get you excited for the year to come. It’s a snow-brainer!

Cinnamon Stick Candle

  • This candle makes a great homemade gift for a loved one (or for yourself. Plus, it’ll make your house smell amazing). All you need is a pillar candle, a glue gun and glue sticks, some cinnamon sticks, and an optional ribbon to finish it off. Anyone can do it! Here’s how:

  1. Get a candle and some cinnamon sticks from your local grocery or gift store. Think about how far up you want the cinnamon sticks to reach when deciding on a candle.

  2. Plug in your glue gun to get it ready to go! If doing this with children, make sure there is adult supervision! The glue guns can get extremely hot.

  3. Cut the cinnamon sticks to your desired height. Put them up against your candle to see if you prefer them to go all the way up , ¾ the way up, or half way up. All are great options that are sure to delight!

  4. Put a thin line of glue on each cinnamon stick and adhere them to the candle.

  5. (Optional) Grab some twine, a ribbon, or some raffia to tie around your candle creation.

  6. Before burning, place on a coaster or dish under your candle to ensure there will be no messes. Now you have a beautiful centerpiece or gift, perfect for all occasions!


Recipe

Oh no! You got invited to a last minute holiday party but don’t want to show up empty handed? Store bought cookies can’t always cut it. Have no fear, we have a personal favorite recipe from Jen’s friends, the Stark family, that is sure to be a crowd favorite. Cracker candy is a holiday treat that everyone will love, with it’s chewy texture and sweet and salty flavor combo! And the best part, it only takes 20 minutes to make and about an hour to cool!


INGREDIENTS:

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  • 1 ½ sleeves of saltine crackers

  • 2 ½ sticks of salted butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips

  • Optional: Sea salt, toffee pieces, crushed candy canes, crushed oreos

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Line a ridged pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Place crackers flat on pan covering it entirely

  • Melt ½ stick of butter in a pan and pour over crackers

  • Melt the remaining 2 sticks of butter in a pan on medium/low and stir in 1 cup brown sugar. Continue stirring over heat until  bubbly

  • Remove from heat and add condensed milk, stir until well combined and pour over crackers.

  • Put in the oven for 8 minutes, until bubbly but not burnt

  • Remove the tray and allow to cool for a few minutes before sprinkling chocolate chips on top.  Once melted slightly, spread chocolate chips over the entire tray. Add any desired toppings (we chose toffee pieces and sea salt, but the cracker candy is completely delicious as is!)

  • Allow to cool completely, then cut into pieces for serving. Enjoy!


Movies

Snow day has you stuck inside? We have the perfect movies to keep you cheery while you wait out the storm!

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  • “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags,” because it came on Netflix. The love and joy surrounding the holiday season is enough to make anyone’s heart swell (or grow three sizes…) and what better way to enjoy the last month of 2018 than with a classic movie filled with laughs, that reminds you that the true meaning of the holidays doesn’t come from the store. Now with three options of which version you want to watch, the 1966 animated original, the 2000 live action, or the newest version, which came out just a month ago, there’s a Grinch movie for any movie watcher!

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Balto

  • In a heroic tale based on a true story, Balto, a Siberian husky-wolf hybrid, leads his team of dogs through the Iditarod trail during an alaskan blizzard. Balto braves the storm and races time because his town of Nome experiences a health epidemic and medicine is needed as soon as possible. Traveling through the cold, Balto and his team encounter many dangers, but also some friends along the way. This high-stake adventurous tale will have you on the edge of your seat. Bundle up and get ready to watch Balto, the dog who will do anything to help his community and save the people he loves!

There’s snow easy way to say it, but this is the final installment of the Seasonal Survival Guide series. Thank you to our devoted readers (hi Mom!) and keep checking the InternVision blog for more amazing intern projects in the future!


Jen Jordan and Yasmine Ebeed’s Seasonal Survival Guide is an independent project of FableVision’s Fall 2018 Marketing Interns. Apply to join our team at www.fablevisionstudios.com/jobs-internships.

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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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FableVision’s Seasonal Survival Guide: October

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Cold weather? Check. Sweaters? Check. Pumpkin spice lattes in hand? Check. Ready for hibernation? NO WAY! Fall is our new favorite season and we’re going to help you enjoy it while it lasts! Our Seasonal Survival Guide is full of hot tips to help you not just survive, but thrive throughout autumn. This series will give you ways to keep active, fun crafts, recipes, and of course movies (for the days that hibernation is the only option).

October is a great month to get started. Follow along all season with us, Jen and Yasmine, as we get ready for a spooky season. Let’s jump in!

ACTIVITIES

The perfect way to ease the end-of-summer scaries is to stay active! Getting outdoors (even though you might need a sweater now) is sure to lift your spirits!

Running a 5k

  • If you’re really looking for something that will get the blood pumping on these crisp October days, consider participating in a 5k! Gather your friends, go on a few training runs, and then have a fun race day running, jogging, or walking. You can even go to your favorite restaurant to refuel after the race and warm up.

  • Here’s some helpful sites to get you started: www.active.com and www.mayoclinic.org both have some great insights on preparing for a 5k!

Going on a Ghost Tour

  • A ghost tour would get your heart rate up in a slightly different way. Basically a ghost tour is a special excursion led by a guide around a town or city to various places of paranormal activity. It’s a walking/driving ghost story where you get to see the places the stories take place and learn about the true history behind the stories. Book a tour through your local agency (typically priced at about $20-25 per person) and prepare for ghost stories galore! We haven’t convinced you?

  • Check out www.afar.com and www.ghostsandgravestones.com for more information and get ready to get your spook on!

Pumpkin or Apple Picking

  • And of course, pumpkin and apple picking are a fall favorite! Find your local orchard and have a day filled with picking, snacking on apple cider donuts, and a hay ride! If you don’t live near an orchard, consider stopping by a fall farmers market and see what they have for a selection.


Right click to download and save FableVision’s pumpkin carving template!

Right click to download and save FableVision’s pumpkin carving template!

CRAFTS

Not up for an outdoor activity, or rain keeping you indoors? Fall also has some of the best crafts!

"How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch!"

One of our favorite crafts to do in October, is a classic: Pumpkin Carving. To help you make your own pumpkin creation, we’ve made pumpkin carving an easy four step process.

  1. Head to your local pumpkin patch (or supermarket) and pick up the nicest pumpkin you can find. Consider what design you are going to be carving when selecting the shape and size of the pumpkin.

  2. Cut off the top of your pumpkin, and gut it (this part is messy, you might want to have a trash can nearby)

  3. Carve it out using our FableVision pumpkin carving template! Or look up some other cool designs here. While working on your design, make sure to remember to cut away from yourself and check out this site for more information about safely carving your pumpkin!

  4. Put a light source inside, turn off the lights, and voila! Your very own jack-o-lantern! Congratulations!

Love pumpkins so much you picked up two? Have no fear, for we have another pumpkin craft for you! To create a pumpkin flower vase:

  1. Again, stop by your local pumpkin patch, farmers market, or grocery store and select a pumpkin. We chose a medium sized, round pumpkin!

  2. Buy a floral arrangement, or create one! Some farms have pick your own flowers, or you can even cut some from your own garden if it’s still in bloom.

  3. Cut a small hole in the top of your pumpkin, and remove the guts! (Pro tip: save the seeds for roasted pumpkin seeds later!)

  4. Rinse the pumpkin, and fill with water. (Optional: line the pumpkin with saran wrap before filling)

  5. Arrange your flowers however you see fit! This makes a beautiful front step decoration or table centerpiece!

 
 

RECIPE

Pumpkin bread with streusel topping, straight from Jen’s family cookbook!

INGREDIENTS FOR BREAD (yields 3 loaves)

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 3.5 cups flour

  • ⅔ cup water

  • 1.5 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 2 cups pumpkin

  • (optional) walnuts

    INGREDIENTS FOR STREUSEL

  • About 4-5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  • Cream eggs, oil, and sugar in a mixer

  • Add water and pumpkin mix, mix on medium speed until combined

  • Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl

  • Add dry ingredients to wet, mix until well incorporated

  • Pour into well greased, floured bread pans

  • For streusel: combine all ingredients in a bowl using fingers or a fork until texture is crumbly. Sprinkle on top of loaves before baking.

  • Bake breads at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.


MOVIES

So after a long day of enjoying the beautiful fall weather and crafting to your heart's content, it’s time to wind down for the night. These movies are a real treat, and that isn’t a trick!

If you haven’t seen Heathers yet, what’s your damage? Get ready for the Teen Drama to end all Teen Dramas. Veronica’s teenage angst embodies the spooky spirit of October and Halloween. So grab some popcorn, turn on the fireplace, and watch Heathers, it’ll be very.

Heathers not bewitching you? Try Hocus Pocus to get your spooky delights! A tale of three witch sisters awoken by the lighting of an enchanted candle 300 years after being executed in a Salem witch trial. Chaos ensues as the kids who lit the candle attempt to stop the sisters from becoming immortal.

Did you heed our advice? If so, congrats, you survived October! We hope you enjoyed this month’s itinerary. Be sure to stop by next month for some gratitude vibes and even more fall favorites. We will get through November together!

Jen Jordan and Yasmine Ebeed’s Seasonal Survival Guide is an independent project of FableVision’s Fall 2018 Marketing Interns. Apply to join our team at www.fablevisionstudios.com/jobs-internships.

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Not on the Nametag

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Not on the Nametag is the collaborative project of FableVision’s Summer 2018 interns.

It’s time for a late-night bite! Join your friends Tab, Ada, Jo, and Brandon for a 2 a.m. diner run in this immersive, interactive comic. Not on the Nametag invites you to find and forge connections in unlikely places, and challenges you to stand up for what’s right.

Step through the doors of Gracie’s Diner, help yourself to a milkshake, and take a look around. You just might find something you didn’t expect…

 
 

Learn more about FableVision's internship program (and how to apply!) here.

(Editorial note: The Unity web player will not work on mobile devices. For optimal playing experience please view this interactive on the latest version of Chrome if you're experiencing issues.)

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