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2021 Talent Development Program - Story Artist Trainee

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 806863BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Jun. 03, 2021

Job Summary:

2021 Talent Development Program - Story Artist Trainee

Join us for an opportunity to experience the art of animation and be a part of Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Talent Development Program is available for emerging artists and offers up to a 12 month paid position at Walt Disney Animation Studios. We offer an immersive Trainee experience, where participants will work under the guidance of a Disney Mentor to develop craft skills while applying them in a real world environment.

The Talent Development Story Artist Program begins October 2021. Please note, the safety and well-being of our teams is very important to us. We will determine whether this program will be in-person at our Burbank, CA studio or virtual in the coming months based on local state and county ordinance. The deadline for applications is July 25, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.

The Story Artist Trainee
Our Story Artists translate ideas into visual sequences. They serve the structure of a film by developing the film’s cinematography, scene structure, and create character emotion and humor as necessary to the story’s needs. They collaboratively solve story and structure problems and maximize the entertainment value of a film.

As a Story Artist Trainee, the first six months of your program are structured to introduce you to the art of story, our studio culture, and our production environment. These initial months will showcase the skills and philosophies of our Story department while providing you nurturing mentorship with a Disney artist. A six month review provides you with real-time feedback and determines future assignments and promotional opportunities that would bring your skills into real-time production environments.

Am I Eligible To Apply? What We’re Looking For:

  • Emerging Story Artists who are 18 years or older
  • For this particular program, there are no graduation date requirements to apply

To apply you must upload a resume and a portfolio consisting of continuity sequences of your storyboard work.If submitting a portfolio, each sequence should be formatted in a slideshow format so that each board is its own page and can be clicked through board by board. Animatics submitted via video-sharing links such as Youtube or Vimeo will also be accepted. NO OTHER FORMATS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION.

Portfolios Should Include:

  • Continuity storyboard sequences focused on character emotion and relationships
  • Sequences do not need to be a full film in length but should have a clear beginning, middle, and end with emotional beats and a turning point in the scene
  • Understanding of subtle, nuanced acting and entertainment value that service and define the characters
  • Gestural drawings, the ability to draw very loosely yet with clarity and appeal
  • Understanding of cinematic staging and cutting
  • Observational drawings from life required
  • Sketchbook samples required
  • Character Moments are a bonus
  • Student Films and/or Personal Comics are a bonus
  • Social media (such as Instagram) can be an optional supplement to your application, but should NOT be your formal portfolio
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer



About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Secret Lab, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Secret Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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