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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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FableVision’s Spring 2018 Interns Go for the Gold!

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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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MAGED HAMDY
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?
Idling

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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ALLIE CATON
Position:
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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MAGGIE MAROTTA
Position:
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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SARAH NIKA
Position:
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.


LUCIA BERLINER
Position:
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?
This.

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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CLAIRE NATARO
Position:
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.

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The Adventures of FableVision's Summer 2017 Interns

Escape the ordinary and prepare for a grand adventure with FableVision’s summer 2017 interns. Each with their own vastly different skills, this season’s cohort has something extraordinary to offer.  Together, they’re hoping to create something truly special with an exciting independent project that’s in the works. In the meantime, grab some granola and your backpack to learn more about each intern’s path to FableVision, and how adventure fuels their creativity!

Curious about interning with FableVision? Art/animation and marketing positions are available during summer, spring, and fall! Check out the internships page for details.


Name: Ellie Liota
Hometown: New York, NY
School: Lesley University
Area of Study: Animation

Tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up at FableVision.
After spending four years in college “finding myself” and two more years after graduation “finding myself” some more, I was living in Portland, ME as a dishwasher at a bakery. My friend was leaving for her Masters in Art Therapy at Lesley University in Boston, and asked me if I wanted to tag along. I had wanted to try my hand at animation, so this was my chance at trying something new! I found an apartment, applied to Lesley, and found myself in Boston a few months later as a fresh new student (but actually old and not very fresh).

After my first two semesters as a part time student, I really wanted to get some real hands-on experience. My teacher told me about FableVision and as soon as I saw the work that came out of the studio I knew I wanted to get in on the action!

What do you hope to gain from working with FableVision?
I’m excited to experience what it’s like to work on a team—until now I’ve only worked on projects independently, and haven’t worked in a professional studio environment. There’s so much I don’t know, and I’m looking forward to learning everything that I can at FableVision.

What do you do during your free time? Any interesting hobbies?
A few months ago, I purchased a mini skeleton at CVS and my favorite thing to do is hide it somewhere in the house for my roommate to discover. It has become somewhat of an art. I also like trying to sew stuffed creatures (I say try because they often end in disaster), and I’m currently working on an octopus pillow!

What’s something that you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of?
Last semester I created my own animated short! It’s completely ridiculous. It was pretty cool to be able to produce something that is completely my own.  It was also an incredible learning experience and it definitely gave me a newfound respect for animators.

What’s your favorite childhood memory of outdoor adventures?
I don’t know if I have one favorite memory but I did spend my weekends in upstate New York where I loved catching frogs, turtles, and turning over rocks to find bugs.  I also started something I called “The Deer Club” (I was the first and only member). I would go around eating different plants I found. Unfortunately the club was disbanded shortly after it was created when my mother found me feasting like a little gremlin on the flowers in her garden and promptly put an end to it. I also spent a decent amount of time behind my swing tending to my bug cemetery.

How do you think your love of adventure translates to your creative work?
Adventure is probably the most important part of my creative work. A huge part of being an artist is the emphasis on practice—keeping a sketchbook at your side at all times, drawing constantly, and challenging yourself to make new things. But it’s just as important to put everything down and explore—whether that’s experiencing another culture in a different country, going for a hike in the woods, or walking to your neighborhood farmer’s market and petting every dog you can find (I highly suggest the latter). I think the greatest ideas and inspiration for creative work come from experiencing the people and world around us, and you never know what you’re going to learn when you start an adventure, no matter how big or small.

Favorite Animal: Pitbull (Mr. Worldwide)
Favorite Biome: Temperate Deciduous Forest
Fun Fact: My front right tooth is fake because when I was younger I was pretending to be a whale and I dove into my bathtub, but bathtubs are not very deep.

 

 


Name: Devon George
Hometown: Nashua, NH
School: Montserrat College of Art
Area of Study: Illustration and Creative Writing

Tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up at FableVision.
I’m currently a senior at Montserrat College of Art this coming fall and I’m an illustration concentration who loves depicting nature, fantasy, science fiction, birds, bugs, etc. I learned about FableVision when a professor at my school mentioned their program to me. FableVision combined my interest in animation, animation preproduction, and visual development so I took a chance, applied, and was accepted!
 

What do you hope to gain from working with FableVision?
I wanted to learn more about animation, the process behind it, and how a studio functions. Now, with our intern project clarified, I’m adding game design and the integration of animation into the games themselves to my list. I’ve already begun to learn so much and I look forward to what the rest of this summer brings!

What do you do during your free time? Any interesting hobbies?
Apart from my art, I also play tabletop games such as Dungeons & Dragons. I’m currently running a D&D game that started back in 2014. It’s a great test of my abilities as a storyteller and world builder. I’ve also created a few micro systems of my own and plan on creating one based around the construction of an observatory for my senior show.

What’s something that you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of?
I participated in the 2017 Global Game Jam, creating the art for a game called Escape the Tide Pool. I’m very happy with the art I created during the three days that I had to produce it.

What’s your favorite childhood memory of outdoor adventures?
I lived in a rural neighborhood in NH when I was around six or seven. We had two acres of forest to explore and I remember tromping up the little stream near the back of my house. I had leaky water boots that slipped on the red roots on the sides of the creek. It was so magical and I secretly believed that fairies lived beside that stream.

How do you think your love of adventure translates to your creative work?
I like to try new things, whether that be a new medium, game, style of working, or creative project. Because of this, I have a broad range of things that I draw, write, create, and do. I want to go where no one has gone before!

Favorite Animal: Dragons
Favorite Biome: Taiga
Fun Fact: I had five wisdom teeth!

 


Name: Dan Schumacher
Hometown: Normal, IL
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area of Study: Sport and Recreation Management

Tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up at FableVision.
Up until a few weeks ago I had lived in Central Illinois my entire life. I really loved it there and I think it was the perfect place for me growing up but I knew that I wanted to explore a different part of the country after college. About a year ago as I was considering my career options I made two pretty substantial decisions. First, I decided I wanted to eventually become a game developer and in order to accomplish that as soon as possible I decided to graduate a year early. So to cap off my degree I began searching for internships all over the country at park districts, sports teams, and game developers.

Thanks to Google, I came across FableVision’s internship program and immediately saw that this was a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of the studio development process as well as how to effectively market digital media. 1,000 miles, 17 hours, and 4 tanks of gas later, here I am at FableVision!

What do you hope to gain from working with FableVision?
First and foremost I want to learn how to effectively market digital media and online services. Throughout my research into independent game development one of the most consistent pieces of advice I’ve seen is that marketing is just as important as actually making the game. With FableVision, I hope to learn their process behind informing the public, engaging with them, and directing them towards specific projects .

The other piece that I really hope to gain from working with FableVision is a better understanding of how designers, developers, artists, producers, marketers, and executives all come together to create something cohesive that resonates with clients and consumers. So far in my brief time making games I’ve only worked independently so I’m loving the opportunity to see how work flows amongst each department and how everyone contributes in their own way to the end product.

What do you do during your free time? Any interesting hobbies?
I’m very competitive by nature so I love doing anything that lets me flex that muscle, so to speak. I absolutely love watching and playing sports of pretty much any kind, but soccer and basketball are my favorites. I’m a pretty avid gamer and when I can get some friends together, board games are another great avenue for competition. When I’m not in a competitive mood I love sitting down and developing my own games and prototypes.

What’s something that you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of?
Although it isn’t anywhere remotely close to being finished I think I’m most proud of the game I’m making right now. All of my previous projects have been built strictly for my own educational purposes but now that I have a basic understanding of how to approach game development I’m thrilled to be working on the first game I actually plan on releasing. So far I’m really excited about how quickly I’ve made progress spending just a couple of hours each day on it. I definitely feel that my progress is a reflection of everything that I’ve learned from all of my previous projects and that’s why I’m so proud of this one.

What’s your favorite childhood memory of outdoor adventures?
One of my favorite activities as a kid was getting together with my friends and camping out in the woods of Central Illinois. Most of where we grew up really is just corn and soybean fields so camping in the woods always felt like a real adventure. From whipping up s’mores, hiking, kayaking, swimming, telling stories, playing games we made up, and visiting Starved Rock there are just too many great memories to single out a favorite one.

How do you think your love of adventure translates to your creative work?
Part of adventuring is that you have an idea of what you want to accomplish but you never know the path you’ll take. I like to apply that thought to my creative process by having a goal in mind but making up the details as I go. I also think it’s important to understand that every adventure isn’t always going to end in success. I would love it if everything I created was “successful” but I know that it takes hard work (and some luck) to reach that point. I look at each failure as an opportunity for me to learn from my mistakes and understand how to approach my next challenge differently to ensure that I continue improving and learning.

Favorite Animal: American Bison AKA our National Mammal (thanks Obama!)
Favorite Biome:  Temperate Forest
Fun Fact: I’m a 3-time (defending) University of Illinois Intramural Dodgeball Champion

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