Animation junior Jinny Hinkle rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in Disney animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios Inspire Day in Burbank, CA. Hinkle was chosen to participate out of a pool of students from 60 colleges around the world.
Inspire Day gives aspiring animators and illustrators the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, have their portfolios reviewed, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how films are made at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Hinkle had to submit a portfolio, demo reel, letter of recommendation, and resume to be considered for the event.
Hinkle said she was in awe of the special guests, who included artists Paul Briggs and Brittney Lee, and film director and animator Eric Goldberg, whose credits include Pocahontas, The Princess and the Frog, Hercules, and Aladdin.
“It was crazy,” Hinkle remembers. “These are the people I watch on YouTube and the Disney DVD bonus features, but I [met] them in person.”
Students spent three hours with industry leaders in visual development at Disney, during which Hinkle had her portfolio reviewed by character designer Bill Schwab.
Though it was an intimidating process, Hinkle said Schwab praised her work and gave thoughtful advice.
“He liked how loose and dynamic my [figure drawings] were,” she said. “He wanted to see more of my gestural work.”
Students also got sneak peaks of the Disney short film Get A Horse! and full-length feature Frozen, coming to theaters in November.
After Inspire Day, Hinkle has set the bar high for herself. She’s going after an internship this summer and dreams of one day working for a major animation company.
“[Inspire Day] makes it more real and a lot more believable that you could somehow get your way [to a job at Disney],” Hinkle said. “Before it was more like a pipe dream, but now it seems more realistic.”
CCAD has an ongoing relationship with Disney, who employs many alumni including Illustration alumnus Alexander Alvarado (CCAD 2011), one of the look development artists for Frozen. Alvarado is from Vandalia, OH, and attended Butler High School.
Hinkle is from Louisville, KY, and attended Dupont Manual Magnet High School.
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