Next Thursday, January 11, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the NYC Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) will unveil the Made in NY Animation Project, a groundbreaking initiative that will reach 1,800 young New Yorkers in all five boroughs this year.
Who all will participate: Julie Menin, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Ana M. Bermúdez, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Probation,
Brian Austin, Founder and Executive Director of The Animation Project, Janice Burgess, Executive Producer The Polos, Co-Executive Producer Enchanting Leela, Creator The Backyardigans, Christina Miller, President & General Manager, Adult Swim & Boomerang, Cartoon Network and Dan Shefelman, Director, Dan Shefelman Studio & Assistant Professor, FIT School of Art & Design
The said project offers participants the opportunity to engage in storytelling, gain technical skills in 3D computer animation and qualify for paid internships in this burgeoning field. The event that will include a showcase will feature a screening of participants’ completed animation projects as well as a VR and computer demonstration in the Animation Lab at the Harlem NeON.
Also at the event, the newly formed Animation Industry Council will be announced. The Council
is an advisory group of professionals from the leading greater New York-based animation studios, video game publishers, post production houses, television networks and advertising agencies. The members of this Council will also share their expertise and career advice with the programme’s participants and provide information regarding job opportunities in the animation field.