Monday, September 25, 2017

"I Moved to LA to Work in Animation" new 70-page comic

I moved to LA in 2015 to storyboard for animation studios.  I get a lot of questions from artists who are interested in making similar career moves themselves. I wanted to make a comic about my experience, half for me and half for anyone looking for information about LA / storyboarding for animation.  It took a LOT of my weekends over the past year, but the final, 70-page comic is now ready to share with you!!


Thank you for reading! Thank you to everyone who sent me your questions when I put the call out earlier this year, and thank you to Molly, Diana, Matt, Paul, Lissa, Erika, and Luis for the proof-reading and encouragement.

Note: Please do not send me your portfolio or your work; I cannot look at it. I wish you all of the best, and I hope that this comic and the resources below will help you, but I cannot mentor you or give you individual feedback. Thank you for understanding.  Good luck!

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ANIMATION LINKS AND RESOURCES~

Let me know in the comments if any links are broken or you think I’m missing something important. If you’re more interested in resources for a career in comics, check out this post.

Different story artists’ advice to check out:
Anthony Holden's comic about gaining life experience before working in a studio: http://sketchadventure.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-get-job-in-animation.html
Matt Jones’ Dreamworks Feature story test: http://mattjonezanimation.blogspot.com/2012/12/storyboard-test.html
Karen J Lloyd’s tips for storyboard tests: http://karenjlloyd.com/blog/2009/06/02/tips-storyboard-test/

Studios / job portal links:
Disney Television Animation: http://dtvatalent.disney.com/recruit/
South Park Studios: http://www.mtvncareers.com/
Nord-Ouest films: http://www.nord-ouest.com/
ToonBox Entertainment: http://www.toonboxent.com/careers/
Yapiko Animation: http://yapiko.fr/
Bent Image Lab: http://bentimagelab.com/
Chez Soi / Studio Soi in Germany: http://www.studiosoi.com/
Banjo Studio: http://banjo-studio.com/
Film Roman: http://filmroman.com/
Bardel Entertainment: http://bardel.ca/now-hiring/
Deep Sky Studios: http://deepskystudios.com/
Man of Action Entertainment: http://manofaction.tv/
Monster (aggregate job site): https://www.monster.com/
Indeed (aggregate job site): https://www.indeed.com/
Entertainment Careers: http://www.entertainmentcareers.net/

Free online tutorials:
Flooby Nooby: a free, online crash course in storyboarding for animation: http://www.floobynooby.com/comp1.html
Mark Kennedy’s blog Seven Golden Camels: http://sevencamels.blogspot.com/
New Masters Academy Youtube tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewMastersAcademy/videos
Alex Grigg: animating in PS (“phantom limb”) http://www.alexgrigg.com/pages/photoshop-animation-techniques
Cheatin' production blog: https://vimeo.com/channels/322695

Courses / academic programs:
Concept Design Academy: http://conceptdesignacad.com/
California State Summer School for the Arts animation program: http://www.csssa.ca.gov/academic-programs/animation/
Tron Mai’s story classes (normally at CDA, but do your own search for the latest info)

Animation organizations:
Women In Animation: http://womeninanimation.org/
The Animation Guild: https://animationguild.org/

Events:
Los Angeles Animation Festival: http://blog.laafest.com/
Center Stage Gallery: http://centerstagegallery.com/
Model Drawing Collective Empowering Models/Inspiring Artists life drawing: https://www.facebook.com/ModelDrawingCollective/

Contemporary story artists to follow / study:
Louie del Carmen: http://www.louiedelcarmen.com/

A few story art masters:

Storyboard animatics to watch and study:
Lego Movie clips by various artists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VinjpaC-cNs
Kiki’s Delivery Service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmuzdAcfP_c
Glen Keane thumbnails from Tarzan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi9QdX2DtMQ
Star Vs The Forces of Evil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mexHGnwVvk

STORYBOARDING BOOKS:
Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu Mestre
Storyboards: Motion in Art by Mark Simon
100 Tuesday Tips by Griz and Norm
Art of Storyboard by Don Bluth
Five C’s of Cinematography
Animation Writing and Development: from Script to Pitch
Directing the Story by Francis Glebas
Shot by Shot
Setting Up Your Shots by Jeremy Vineyard
Story by Robert McKee
The Visual Story by Bruce Block

Other resources:
Glassdoor – employees review the companies they work for and report their real salaries: https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm
Every Frame a Painting: http://everyframeapainting.tumblr.com
Chris Oatley's website: http://chrisoatley.com/ 
Disney’s Zootopia documentary, "Imagining Zootopia" has lots of great footage, including the actual story room and what story discussions are like.
Some figure drawing sites if you can't go to sessions in person:
https://line-of-action.com/practice-tools/figure-drawing/
https://www.quickposes.com/en/gestures/timed
http://reference.sketchdaily.net/en/