Nov 7 – BLACK N’ ANIMATED & WIA PRESENT: A DAY-LONG STORYBOARD CLASS

Black N’ Animated & Women In Animation Join Forces With Top Independent Studios To Offer A Free Storyboard Class

CLASS DATE / TIME

Class Will Be Held Virtual/Live On Zoom


Saturday, November 7th


9:00am-4:00pm

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Black N Animated has teamed up with independent studios Oddbot, Six Point Harness, Titmouse, Renegade and Powerhouse to hold a virtual, day long storyboarding class in collaboration with Women in Animation!

Over the course of the day-long workshop, participants will be given practical guidance, useful skills, and a familiarity with different positions and career opportunities in the animation industry.

With sessions led by top artists in the industry, the day will cover boarding from script pages, boarding for action shows, boarding for comedy, and boarding for primetime. At the end of the workshop, participants will receive handouts and assignments to complete a story test for review by one of the participating studio partners!

The class will be open to college-level students all the way up to working professionals, specifically to benefit people of color. The program will accept the first 250 applicants who qualify, and will be delivered in a format established and proven successful by Six Point Harness. 

YOUR CLASS INSTRUCTORS

NOELLE RAFFAELE

Noëlle Raffaele is a director and story artist in the tv and feature animation industry.  She hails from New York City, where she graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art and got her start in TV concept art and motion graphics animation. In pursuing a path towards narrative animation, Noëlle relocated to LA where she completed the UCLA Animation Workshop and got her start at Six Point Harness. Her credits include The Legend of the Three Caballeros, (Disney+), Everstar (TV pilot – Amazon), Lizzie (Dreamworks TV), RadLands, Monster High (Mattel), Barbie: Super Sparkle (Mattel) and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. She later became a full-time story artist for Warner Bros. Feature animation, where she worked on Ninjago (2017), S.C.O.O.B. (2020), and development for Space Jam 2, Billion Brick Race, and other yet to be announced titles. Noëlle debuted as a director on the first two seasons of Warner Bros. DC Superhero Girls, where she directed the premiere TV movie and 17 episodes. Since then she directed on a feature project in development at Dreamworks Animation, was Head of Story on a short to be released from Taiko Studio, and has most recently been doing story work on a project in development by Brad Bird. 

BRYAN NEWTON

Bryan Newton is a Director and Storyboard Artist, known for his work on such television shows as Rick and Morty and Teen Titans Go!

MATT DANNER

Emmy Award-winning Matt Danner is an established Creator, Executive Producer, and Writer/Director in the animation industry. He has worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Mattel, among others. His development deals with Disney and Warner Bros have spawned multiple series.  Matt has entertained audiences with his work on such projects as THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW, MICKEY MOUSE SHORTS, GRAVITY FALLS, and has directed three feature length films for the HOT WHEELS franchise. He also co-authored a book with Fantagraphics Books entitled SOCK MONKEY: INTO THE DEEP WOODS. Matt is currently the Exec Producer and Supervising Director for MUPPET BABIES for Disney Junior. He spearheaded the development of the show and is writing episodes as well. Matt is also the voice of KERMIT THE FROG, ROWLF THE DOG, WALDORF, BEAKER and SWEDISH CHEF. Matt has been nominated for 5 Emmys for Muppet Babies for the Writing, Producing, Directing categories and won for his performance as Kermit.

 

His other producing/directing credits include XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN, DONALD DUCK: LEGEND OF THE THREE CABALLEROS, DAN VS, JOHNNY TEST, WANDER OVER YONDER, YOGI BEAR, JETSONS, FLINTSTONES, SCOOBY DOO, WWE SLAM CITY, MUCHA LUCHA, COCONUT FRED, and Adult Swim’s THE DRINKY CROW SHOW. Matt Danner and his Dannerland Productions have close business relationships with a variety of studios in Los Angeles, England, Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and Transylvania. Together they continue to innovate the worlds of animation, toys, and gaming with EPIC, COMEDIC, QUALITY CONTENT while always keeping an eye to the future.

Sep 21 – Lauren faust: An Inspirational Journey From Animator To Writer/Creator

PLEASE JOIN WOMEN IN ANIMATION FOR THIS INTERVIEW AND Q&A! The conversation will be led by Executive Producer Nicole Grindle,
and will be open to your questions both live and in advance!

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION IN ADVANCE

Please click the button below to submit your questions for this discussion in advance.

WHEN:
Monday, September 21st, 2020
5 – 6pm PDT

Zoom: Invitation to follow

REGISTRATION:
This LIVE event is open to and WIA Members.  This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP.

ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view.  Please register clicking the button below if you wish to attend – space is limited!

Sep 17 – The 2020 WIA Student Showcase Awards Ceremony

Please join women in animation to celebrate the class of 2020 student showcase filmmakers!

Wia’s education team, led by chair hsiang chin moe, received over 400 film entries from 120 schools in 17 countries. The showcase has two important purposes: connecting the emerging talent with animation powerhouses and recruiters and celebrating these amazing short animated films created by the class of 2020.

Please tune in as the jurors revealing the top films and their favorites!

WHEN:
Thursday, September 17th, 2020
2pm PDT / 5pm EDT / 10pm GMT

Zoom: Invitation to follow

REGISTRATION:
This LIVE event is open to and WIA Members and friends of WIA.  This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP.  ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view.

Please click the button below to register if you wish to attend – space is limited!

Sep 16 – Research: A Kids – First Approach To Writing And Producing For TV With 9 STORY

WHAT:
Since the early days of Blues Clues, Research has been at the forefront of the television production process for 9 Story Media Group’s creative team.  Why do they do it? How do they do it?  How do the writers and producers use the feedback?  Is it worth it? How do you know if research is right for your own project? Join the 9 Story research, writing and production teams for an in-depth discussion on research, a critical ingredient to the studio’s series. 9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of award-winning animated and live action content for audiences around the world.

From development right through to consumer products, 9 Story Media Group is one of the world’s leading kids and family content companies. Home to Blue’s Clues & You, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Charlie’s Colorform City and much more. In this panel, WIA members will gain a unique insight into how 9 Story approaches making content through research and how they can move forward with their own projects.

Panelists Include: Sarah Wallendjack (VP, Production & Development) Rachel Kalban (VP, Research & Curriculum) Jess DeMonsabert (Research Director) Noriko Louison (Research Manager) Jill Turner (9 Story Head Writer) Halcyon Person (9 Story Head Writer)

Have questions for the panel? 
Please click the button below to submit your questions for the discussion ahead of time.

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
6 – 7:30pm  EDT  /  3 – 4:30 PM PDT

REGISTRATION:
This LIVE event is open to WIA Members and friends of WIA
Zoom: Invitation to follow

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP.  ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view. Please register if you will attend – space is limited!

Sep 12 – WIA @ Lightbox Expo 2020 – Panel Event: Your Animation Career Come True!

Women in Animation brings together a panel of animation and VFX recruiters and talent development professionals to share their insights about how to navigate your animation career. They will help you define your own story as an artist to find a unique spot to fit in the industry. They will discuss how to stay one step ahead with your job search; from planning to landing a job. They will go over some important tips and tricks of shaping your animation career with resources and support. Women in Animation is here to help make your animation career come true.

Panelists Include:
Cat Gulacsy, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Camille Eden, VP Animation Recruitment at Nickelodeon
Dawn Yamazi, VP Talent Recruitment at Illumination

Moderated By:
Hsiang Chin Moe, Chair of Education at Women in Animation

WHEN:
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
5 – 6 PM PDT

Zoom: Invitation to follow

REGISTRATION:
This LIVE event is open to LightBox Expo Attendees and WIA Members.

This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP. ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view.

Please register at the top of this page if you will attend – space is limited!

Sep 9 – Just Ask: How To Communicate What You Need In Order To Succeed

WHAT:
Join us for a virtual discussion on Zoom:

Just Ask: How To Communicate What You Need In Order To Succeed
Moderated by WIA Board Chair of Legacy & Archives, Tracey Miller-Zarneke and The Animation Guild’s Kyle Newstad

Imagine your ideal work / life balance during COVID and beyond…now what?
Career coach Lori Perkins and labor lawyer Kait Feeney join literary agent Karen Kirkland, director / creator Elizabeth Ito, supervising producer Jim Mortensen, and color designer / FAM Committee chair Kristin Donner to explore this question. Hosted by TAG’s Kyle Neswald and moderated by WIA’s Tracey Miller-Zarneke, this panel will provide support and tools to empower you to JUST ASK for what you need to succeed!

Have questions for the panel? 
Please click the button below to submit your questions for the discussion ahead of time.

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
7 – 8pm PDT

REGISTRATION:
This LIVE event is open to WIA Members and friends of WIA
Zoom: Invitation to follow

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP.  ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view. Please register if you will attend – space is limited!

Sep 2 – The Power Of Listening In Visual Development And Art Direction

WHAT:
Animation industry veteran Jill Daniels will speak to the immensely important role listening plays in being a successful art director or an effective visual development team member, as well as discuss her background and growth in the animation industry. After her presentation, we will open up to questions from the audience for Q&A discussion with Jill, led by Oddbot Inc’s own, Mars Chasolen.

Jill has worked on developing the look for many Emmy-winning productions for a wide variety of studios, and has art directed Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, Cartoon Network’s Infinity Train and various Minion properties with Illumination.

After her presentation, we will open up to questions from the audience for Q&A discussion with Jill Daniels and Mars Chasolen.

WANT TO ASK A QUESTION FOR THE DISCUSSION?

Please click the button below to submit your questions ahead of the event.

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Time: 5 – 6 PM PDT

LIVE ON ZOOM (Invitation to follow)


REGISTRATION:
This LIVE event is open to WIA Members and friends of WIA  This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP.  ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view. Please register at the top of this page if you will attend – space is limited!

Jul 9 – Chillin’ With Voice Actors

In the beforetimes when we had conventions, voice actors would come together and do panels that inspired and educated fans about the industry. Times have changed and as we continue to adapt, we’re now doing things virtually so join voice actor and moderator Jeff Burns along with 6 of the top women in the business for a special all-women panel as they impart their wisdom and perform a cold read of a vintage radio script with a feminine twist, to be announced at the panel.

Featuring the talents of (cast subject to change based on availability):

Mona Marshall
Zehra Fazal
Cissy Jones
Mara Junot
Erin Fitzgerald
Cristina Vee

Moderated by Jeff Burns


DATE:  Thurs Jul 9, 2020

TIME:  5-630pm PDT (8pm EDT)

LIVE ON ZOOM


This LIVE event is open to WIA Members only

This is a ticketed event requiring an RSVP.

ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP will be sent the meeting link and password to view.

Please register at the top of this page if you will attend – space is limited!

Jul 7 – Virtual Q&A With The Women Behind Jungle Beat: The Movie

Join us on Tuesday July 7th at 12pm PDT for a Virtual Q&A with the women behind Jungle Beat: The Movie


Submit your questions in advance by clicking the link below:

SUBMIT QUESTIONS


DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 7TH, 2020

TIME: 12 – 1 PM PDT

ZOOM: INVITATION UPON REGISTRATION

THIS LIVE EVENT IS OPEN TO WIA MEMBERS ONLY.  THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT REQUIRING AN RSVP.  ONLY THOSE WHO RSVP WILL BE SENT THE MEETING LINK AND PASSWORD TO VIEW.  PLEASE REGISTER AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE IF YOU WILL ATTEND – SPACE IS LIMITED!

Meet Our Panel

Toni Andrews

Toni is a CG artist working at Sunrise Productions, having recently completed work on their feature film, Jungle Beat: The Movie, with the titles of Story Production Manager, Animatic Editor, Lighting Artist, Continuity Supervisor and Voice Over Artist. Over the past 4 years, Toni has been involved with the Cape Town International Animation Festival in varying capacities such as Volunteers Coordinator and Schools Coordinator. Toni has won awards for her work with the team that produced the short film Hewn, receiving a Gold World Medal at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, and winner of the Best Student Film at the 2018 South African Film and Television Awards. In 2017 Toni was named Animation Up-and-Comer and received a two-week guest internship with Nickelodeon Studios, Burbank. While relatively new to the industry, Toni has big ideas and big dreams.


Jacqui Cunningham

Jacqui is the Co-founder and Executive Producer of Sunrise Productions. Jacqui produced Africa’s first animated feature film, The Legend of the Sky Kingdom.  Over the last 21 years, together with her husband and producing partner Phil, they have grown Sunrise into an international animation studio with world class talent. Jacqui has an expansive entrepreneurial approach to life and film-making, and has overseen and managed the build of Sunrise’s brand new full service animation studio in Cape Town, South Africa. Jacqui’s vision is to create world-class family entertainment, and to have fun doing it!


Rita Mbanga 

Rita joined Sunrise in 2002 and is a producer for the company. Rita has 20 years of production experience working in live-action and animated feature films, commercials, short films and TV series. Rita was based in Mauritius for the duration of production on Jungle Beat: The Movie, and was the Sandcastle Studios producer on the film.


Hayley Porter (moderator)

Hayley is the Director of Marketing & Publicity for Sunrise Productions. A senior media executive with over 20 years of experience working in a number of high-profile marketing and publicity roles. She started her career in Westminster as a Press Advisor to the Shadow Home Secretary, before moving into entertainment PR. Hayley spent several years working for Oscar-winning studio, Aardman Animations, before joining Sunrise Productions and Sandcastle Studios. Hayley resides in Los Angeles and is on the PR committee for Women in Animation.

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