This week on “Get To Know Your Crew”… Wisconsin’s own Jess Morris! Our super-awesome-cool-dynamo intern treks all the way in from The Art Institute of San Diego. Translation: her dedication means she drives 3 hrs. each way and stays overnight in a dank dirty motel to be here every Tues & Wed.
Jess is also a very talented artist. Soon she’ll leave us and become a famous sought after artist, ignoring us in the hallway and trying to run us all down with her fancy European car while throwing Faberge eggs at us. So please, Jess, blog away…
To start, my name is Jess and I am the Production Intern. I go to the Art Institute down in San Diego for Media Arts and Animation. A few years ago I left my family and friends in Wisconsin to follow my fascination for animation and anything that has to do with it. So far is has brought me to where I am today! I have been driving up from San Diego every Tuesday and Wednesday for about two months now to intern here. The six hour round trip is well worth the drive! Being inside studio walls is something I can’t experience from school or learn from any book. To to top it off, what better studio to be working with other then Nickelodeon and Frederator??? I can’t think of any! Every moment spent here is an experience in its own. I look forward to it every week and am sad to go back to reality every Wednesday when I have to leave.
As an intern I have a lot of opportunities! Some of the things I have done so far are attend production meetings, checking meetings, retake sessions, storyboard pitches, help ship out shows, and help scan and organize artwork.
I also have taken two practice character design tests, which was a lot of fun and a learning experience in itself! It was so much fun to learn someone else’s style and then have the opportunity to meet with the artists and creators for a one-on-one critique. As an artist what else could I ask for??
Nickelodeon would be nothing without the people that run and work in the studio. The people here are amazing to work with and be around. I am enjoying hearing people’s stories about how they got here and what they hope to do in the future. I haven’t met one person that hasn’t at least given me a smile. It’s a great environment here, which is probably why the studio produces such wonderful cartoons!