DISNEY ANIMATION CAREERS
Always ask questions and don’t spend too long being stuck. Knowing when to ask and who to ask is valuable. The Disney Animation pipeline is enormous and nobody expects you to know everything. Thus, the easiest way to figure out why a certain workflow is the way it is or how a certain tool works is to reach out!
Collaborative: From day one, we were a team - no gatekeeping here. From solving the scavenger hunt puzzles to completing assignments and building our final project, we learned to lean on one another to get the job done. At the end of the day, it takes a whole team of people with different skillsets to make a Disney movie.
Informative: Learning the entire Disney Animation pipeline over the course of 3 months was like drinking out of a fire hose. Each week we had a deep dive into each department and met with an artist to understand their workflow. It was a lot to digest but what really helped to retain the information was completing short assignments and applying what we learned when solving sample prod supports.
Incredible: Fact: the best part about working at Disney is the people. Everyone is genuinely kind, welcoming, and so knowledgeable! Despite being virtual, I didn’t feel disconnected from the rest of the TDs and trainees. There are always cool events to join in and we had weekly fireside chats where we got to see what trainees from other departments were working on.
Getting to interact with the artists! Being an ATD, I get to work with artists from different departments and learn a bit about tools used in their workflows. It is so cool to see how each of them brings characters to life from storyboards!
So hard to choose but probably The Little Mermaid. After so many swimming lessons, I was deeply saddened when I realized I could not become a mermaid.
Rapunzel—I connect with her sense of adventure because I love to travel. Although, I just took a quiz and got Pumbaa—Hakuna Matata!