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Walt Disney Animation Studios Story Intern, Summer 2024

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10065905 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 20, 2023

Job Summary:

The Internship Program

Have you wondered how your skills and talents could translate into the world of animation? Our Internship Program dives into the craft, technology, and operations behind our animated films while developing your skills and connecting you to industry mentors. You'll learn what it means to be a part of a collaborative team and how your unique talents can grow within our studio. Find yourself immersed in hands-on projects and learning guided by our artists, technologists, and production leaders.

Am I Eligible?

  • 18 years or older

  • Enrolled in a post-high school educational program (Community College, College, University, Trade, Online School, or equivalent) and returning back to the program for at least one semester post internship.

  • Program Length: The approximate dates of this internship are May-August 2024. Interns must be fully available for the duration of a 12-week assignment.

  • Please note, the safety and well-being of our teams is very important to us. Based on government recommendations, we will determine if this program will be in-person at our Burbank, CA studio or virtual in the coming months.

For our 2024 programs, we are committed to providing mentorship and development. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ production internship program provides emerging talent with an immersive view of Animation through educational seminars on craft and filmmaking, and individual and collective projects.

The Story Internship

Location: Burbank, CA

Job Summary

Story Artists translate story ideas into visual sequences. They convey the essence of storyline, scene structure, and character emotion while crafting action and humor in alignment with the film. By working with other members of the production team, they will develop the concepts for cinematography and staging, choosing initial camera placement and angles, defining action and camera movement. This program is intended to provide you an immersive look into this creative process while pairing you with mentors from our dedicated Story department.

Portfolio Requirements:

  • REQUIRED: To submit portfolio of storyboard sequences:

    • Video sharing link for animatics and/or pitches such as YouTube/Vimeo (animatic pitches are encouraged)

    • Website with sequences in slideshow format

    • NO other formats will be accepted

  • Versatile range of character-driven story sequences preferred. Showcase a variety of genres and emotions including: comedy, action, romance, suspense, drama, musical

  • Sequences do not need to be a full film in length but should have a clear beginning, middle, and end

  • We would like to see:

    • Understanding of emotional acting and entertainment value

    • Gestural drawing, the ability to draw very loosely and roughly yet with clarity in character appeal and acting

    • Understanding of cinematography and narrative staging with visually clear shot flow applied throughout work

    • Observational Drawings/Sketchbook samples

    • Character moments, comics, and/or caricatures helpful

How to Apply:

To apply, you must upload a resume including your school and expected graduation date and a portfolio consisting of continuity sequences of your best and latest storyboard work. Portfolios must be formatted as any of the following:

  • Video sharing link for animatics and/or pitches such as YouTube/Vimeo (animatic pitches are encouraged)

  • Website with sequences in slideshow format

Deadline for applications is on January 14, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST.

The pay rate for this role in Burbank is $21.70 per hour. Select benefits may be provided as part of the compensation package, such as medical, financial, and/or other benefits. To learn more about our benefits visit:

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. Disney Animation 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 our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, 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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