Meet Our Studio Intern: Shalayah Smith!

There is an ancient Latvian saying that you measure a friendship by how much salt you have used by eating together. Salt added to a meal just by a pinch meant it took a long time to build a friendship. Nowadays we use salt by spoonfuls so friendships are faster to seal. Since my interns, assistants, studio producers and managers and me eat lunches together we probably are pretty close to somewhat knowing each other. That’s why I enjoy interviewing my interns - to sum up the relationships from their point of view..

But when Shalayah’s last day of internship came I was away on my trip to Stuttgart, so Yasemin had to step in. She interviewed Shalayah, edited the footage and did a very good job at it.

Shalayah came to our studio by a suggestion of a friend who had a friend who worked at the Red Hook Initiative, an organization that connects local young people to opportunities that may help them to fulfill the most ambitious of their dreams. Shalayah gave an impressive interview and later proved herself as a hard working, persistent intern. Being intelligent and articulate made her a fun lunch mate.

Now that she is off doing other things in other places we wish we shared more salt with her.

THANK YOU, Shalayah!

Meet Our Studio Intern: Nayana Sturzeneker!

After a few past bad experiences I decided to have a policy of not accepting high school students for internships at my studio. So when Nayana emailed me a request to consider her for an internship I had to throw some cold water on that aspiration and asked her to write a short essay why should I accept her since she was still a high school student. Well, it turned out that in order to do this internship Nayana graduated from her high school early and that she is quite an accomplished web comic artist with a solid following. Her work was a proof that she is serious about her craft and is able to deliver.

So, I made an exception to my policy and accepted Nayana for an 8 week internship. Now that the internship is over, I am willing to reconsider this whole “I will not accept high school students” policy. Nayana was exceptionally focussed and dedicated to all the tasks given to her. She applied her creative spirit to everything she did. But the one thing that made her an amazing intern was her attitude - she was always in a bright mood, ready to jump at another challenge, willing to take another task, nothing was too boring or too challenging for her.
Lets meet Nayana in the video shot by Sturgis and edited by Yasemin!

Please do check out Nayana’s original suspense webcomic “Out Of Focus” HERE.

And HERE is a video link for a fan storyboard Nayana made in 3 days, in tribute for the game Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

Nayana just got accepted in several great colleges. Make sure you follow her before she get famous!

THANK YOU for your work, Nayana!

Meet Our Studio Interns: John Vargas

Another great intern this summer was from City College of New York - John Vargas. I really liked his attitude - no task was too hard or too boring for him. Scanning drawings in 450 dpi can make one feel like bleeding from injuries of boredom, but John always saw scanning as an opportunity to learn more about animation. That's the right approach to work!

I asked John a few questions about this internship. You can watch the 3 minute interview here:

THANK YOU, John!

Please check out John's work on Behance:

https://www.behance.net/vargas394ldb85

And follow John on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/vargas394leo/?hl=en

Meet our Studio Interns: Britt

Britt Sodersjerna worked in my studio  from late May until early July and she was a spectacular intern. I was impressed with her work ethics, focus and intelligence. With little explanation from my part she was able to correctly piece together the puzzle of what I intended to do with animation drawings in After Effects! But despite the reputation of her generation (they are not camera shy, I was told) she wasn't comfortable to give an interview on video. She preferred it in a written form. So, here it is.

What were your tasks during the internship?

For the most part, my job was coloring in Signe's drawings in Photoshop, and compositing them in After Effects. I occasionally had other roles too, including scanning the drawings, working on exposure sheets, and paper maché-ing and painting parts of the sets.

How did you get this internship?

During my spring semester in College, I was applying to just about every animation studio I could find in New York City. I looked through several different job and internship websites, as well as different studios own websites, but Signe was the first to respond to me! And I am so thankful that she did.

What school are you from?

I currently study 2D Animation in the Digital Arts Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. 

Can you tell us one good thing about this internship?

I think the best thing about this internship is how much I learned. With Signe's guidance, I am significantly more efficient in the programs I thought I had known how to use well. Signe is a wealth of information about animation and the industry as well, and she taught me so much while I worked for her.

And how about one bad thing about this internship?

Frankly, I wouldn't say any part of this internship was 'bad'. Many aspects of the work I did were challenging, but I really enjoy problem solving, especially when problems appear in After Effects. The only thing that wasn't ideal was the lack of air conditioning on the upper 90ºF days!

You can find Britt's work on www.instagram.com/britt.sodersjerna and https://vimeo.com/britts 

Britt Sodersjerna

THANK YOU, Britt!

PS I wanted to explain that not having an air conditioner is a budgetary choice between cooling down  2000 sf space with 14 feet ceilings or making an animated feature film. I feel I don't really have a choice.

We do have 6 fans drying our sweat.

Meet Our Studio Interns!

The one thing I enjoy about having interns at my studio is having lunches together. After hectic mornings of building sets, animating, writing exposure sheets or coloring in separate corners of the studio, we all come together at one table to eat, talk and laugh. These moments of getting to know my interns feel precious to me. The side effect of bonding with interns is that I feel sad when they have to move on. 

Frankelly has interned at the studio since January and today is his last day. In the video below we ask him 3 questions and his answers may give you insight on how to get an internship and what internships are all about.

Please check out Frankelly's work here:

https://vimeo.com/user48729263

Thank you!

Signe

 

Meet Our Studio Interns!

Internships are tricky, just like any other kind of human relationships. You have to find the right match to make it work. 

Our studio operations are small - we have only 2 up-to-date computers. And I am very busy working on 27565 large and small details that make the film, which makes me regard the idea of having another person in the studio as a distraction. That's why we are selective about who we let in the studio. 

The two interns who started to work at the studio in January 2018 - Joon and Frankelly - came to the studio by chance and by the strength of their interview. Their hard work, confidence and competence, as well as their sense of humor made them an excellent match to our studio. 

This is Joon and Frankelly's last week at the studio. They both are graduating from their schools and the internship and I would like to introduce them to you.

Here's a video with Joon. I ask him a few simple questions. If you are curious how he got the internship and what value he sees in it, here're his answers:

Please check out Joon's work on his website:

http://www.jooniepark.com

Thank you!

Signe

PS On Thursday I'll post the video with Frankelly