Cartoon Network Studios has revealed the finalists for its inaugural Storyboard Artist Training Program, a paid 12-week course on the fundamentals of storyboarding for television.
Out of more than 2,000 submissions, six emerging artists made the cut based on their portfolios of sample sequential artwork and dialogue, ability to impart action through drawings, and storytelling criteria.
From February 4 to April 26, the finalists will receive instruction in advanced storyboarding techniques, dialogue writing, gesture drawing, and defining elements of physical comedy. They will also get firsthand production experience from rotating in-house production crews and various guest instructors including Matt Burnett and Ben Levin (Craig of the Creek), Owen Dennis (Infinity Train), Julia Pott (Summer Camp Island) and JG Quintel (Close Enough).
The finalists are:
Marcy Bones (pictured, top left)—A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a background in indie games, comics, and animation. Bones most recently had a comic featured in Stacked Deck Press’s all-trans comics anthology, We’re Still Here, and launched a Patreon to bolster development of her television pitch The Other Town.
Jazzlyn Weaver (pictured, top center)—This emerging 2D-focused artist has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation from Sam Houston State University, and attended the 2016 UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute, where she obtained her Certificate of Completion in Creative Producing. Weaver has worked as a storyboard artist for Universal Phoenix Group, and as a 2D general artist for EsianMail.
Christine Le (pictured, top right)—A graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Entertainment Art/Animation and a minor in Cinema and Television Arts, Le previously completed a Pixar Summer Story Intensive program and participated in Cartoon Network’s 2016 Animation Jam.
Alabaster Pizzo (pictured, bottom left)—Working for LA-based Shadowmachine Animation, Pizzo recently completed backgrounds for Netflix’s upcoming Tuca and Bertie series. The graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts previously storyboarded on Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island.
Brigitte Woltjen (pictured, bottom center)—Another School of Visual Arts graduate with a passion for 2D animation, Woltjen has worked as a freelance illustrator and created several of her own projects.
Miranda Harmon (pictured, bottom right)—With a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History from Maryland’s Goucher College, Harmon has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and coloring assistant for clients including Cards Against Humanity, Lion Forge and Scholastic Books.
The Cartoon Network Storyboard Artist Training Program is part of the Cartoon Network Studios Academy’s artists incubator initiative, inspired by growing industry demand for storyboard artists focused on animated kids content.