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Baboon Animation

Intern

May - July 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The internship program is really a rich experience. Sure, there are office management tasks that take up part of your day, but there's a high degree of assisting the story team. Depending on the skills demonstrated in a live setting, we had been tasked to do everything from being the story assistant on brainstorms, organizing the story into beats, and shaping a draft of stories cooked up from what was brought up in the meeting.   The experience of running the meeting itself, taking charge to make sure every creative person on the call is accommodated, wired in and provided for, provides great experience on what it takes to participate in a professional level creative meeting, which I think is an invaluable skill. In other cases, interns were asked to generate photo "mood boards" to give animation designers a flavor of a given character based on which famous people they resemble, a sort of collage of influences the designer can draw from. In other cases, they've reviewed existing scripts to flag any lines that might play with a certain undesired tone -- we had one character in a series that was coming off too negative, so his worst lines had to be assessed and flagged for re-record. Cool creative challenges such as these were what made the program a great resource.

What I wish was different

Although the work was almost always professional and friendly, our boss often had episodes where his mental health may have let the quality of our work environment suffer. He is a great boss and a wonderful friend, but there were instances when other interns such as myself were perplexed and frustrated with his directional input. It created a system of miscommunication that led us interns to often repeat and incorrectly complete tasks.

Advice

Always be prepared. Listen, and make sure to double check your work.
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