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APPLICATION GUIDELINES

JOIN US
Thank you for your interest in Walt Disney Animation Studios!

There are two ways to start the process: apply directly to an open position or create a profile. Once an account has been activated you will be able to submit your resume, portfolio, reel and apply for our open positions.

Your application should demonstrate your artistic abilities, your technical proficiency and/or your production experience. Your profile will be evaluated by members of our studio staff. From the conclusions, we are able to determine if your knowledge, skills and experience apply to Disney Animation.

YOU SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
(IF APPLICABLE)
PORTFOLIO / DEMO REEL
BREAKDOWN LIST
RESUME & COVER LETTER
REEL & PORTFOLIO FORMATS
.jpg
.mov
.mp4
.avi
.pdf
.doc
YOUR DEMO REEL SHOULD BE BETWEEN 3 - 5 MINUTES AND SHOULD ARRIVE VIA ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PORTS:
DIGITAL
UPLOAD

Most file formats are acceptable. Make sure your reels are self-contained files; multiple movie files accepted; multi-page pdf portfolios are preferred instead of individual jpg files; text resume in addition to resume/cover letters and/or letters of recommendation pdf file preferred.

WEBSITE

Your profile has an area to highlight your URL; please make sure your resume and demo reel breakdown are included in your profile if not listed on your site.

ANALOG
DVD/CD/DISC DRIVE

Self playing NTSC, Region Code 1 or Region Code 0 DVD/CD or disc/drive containing multi files acceptable.

PORTFOLIO

Most portfolios are printed and bound and showcase a variety of work, process drawings and sketches. Please send copies of your work only (do not send originals). We are unable to return any materials. We recommend that you present your best work and limit your items accordingly.

MAIL

Walt Disney Animation Studios
Attn: Recruitment
500 South Buena Visa Street
Burbank, CA 91521

No personal drop-offs accepted.

DEMO REEL
& PORTFOLIO
TIPS
Your demo reel, portfolio and or resume are the first steps to sharing your skill set with us. Keep in mind that we have seconds to evaluate your work so put your best work first. Eliminate weaker work and always give credit where credit is due. The organization and thoughtfulness represented in your application is sometimes as important as your final work. We took the most common notes and created shortcuts for you:
ANIMATION should Include a variety of acting and personality tests as well as proficiency in different animation styles
CHARACTER TDS should display broad motion in rigs and inclusion of active, dynamic sims, astute artistic sense, and a pinch of mad scientist; Hair/cloth sim a plus
FX ARTISTS must showcase a variety of stylized effects and dynamic sims through out of the box results
LAYOUT should show clear storytelling, dynamic camera work in continuity through rough layout/pre-vis versions of work; include a variety of sequence types (action, acting, musical, etc.); Photography and short films a plus
LIGHTING should display strong color, contrast and lighting shots showcasing the assemblage of elements into a final composite; photography, painting a plus
LOOK DEVELOPMENT should possess a great eye and proficiency in texturing and digital painting; strong technical skills with an art-direct-able aesthetic sense; modeling, lighting, painting, photography a plus
MODELERS should show a variety of stylized examples of character and/or environments, props, etc. through wire frames, close ups of work and turntables
TECHNICAL DIRECTORS should be proficient in Linux, Unix, Python, C/C++ and a love for problem solving in a highly artistic and technical Maya based CG environment
STORY should include a variety of sequences showcasing visual storytelling and entertainment value as well as observational sketches from life
VISUAL DEVELOPMENT should include paintings and designs that strongly emphasize storytelling and personality in environments and characters

Drawings from life are not required but helpful. We ask that you not show work currently in production and/or under confidential guidelines at other companies. We understand that this may limit the showcase of your capabilities. If this is your situation, we recommend that your submission display only the work available to the public with an indication that a later submission will be provided once approved or released. Do not send original work or samples that require a return.

DEMO REEL BREAKDOWN LIST

Demo reel breakdowns help us understand what role you played in the development of film and media. All demo reels should include a breakdown list that explains what work you were responsible for and what technique or software was used.

The web allows immediate access to media and listing your responsibilities directly into your demo reel as shots are played is helpful. Choose a simple border placement and font to highlight your efforts.

PORTFOLIO / DEMO REEL
RESUME & COVER LETTER
BREAKDOWN LIST
DISNEY I.D.
YOU SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
(IF APPLICABLE)
PORTFOLIO / DEMO REEL
BREAKDOWN LIST
RESUME & COVER LETTER
REEL & PORTFOLIO FORMATS
.jpg
.mov
.mp4
.avi
.pdf
.doc
YOUR DEMO REEL SHOULD BE BETWEEN 3 - 5 MINUTES AND SHOULD ARRIVE VIA ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PORTS:
DIGITAL
UPLOAD

Most file formats are acceptable. Make sure your reels are self-contained files; multiple movie files accepted; multi-page pdf portfolios are preferred instead of individual jpg files; text resume in addition to resume/cover letters and/or letters of recommendation pdf file preferred.

WEBSITE

Your profile has an area to highlight your URL; please make sure your resume and demo reel breakdown are included in your profile if not listed on your site.

ANALOG
DVD/CD/DISC DRIVE

Self playing NTSC, Region Code 1 or Region Code 0 DVD/CD or disc/drive containing multi files acceptable.

PORTFOLIO

Most portfolios are printed and bound and showcase a variety of work, process drawings and sketches. Please send copies of your work only (do not send originals). We are unable to return any materials. We recommend that you present your best work and limit your items accordingly.

MAIL

Walt Disney Animation Studios
Attn: Recruitment
500 South Buena Visa Street
Burbank, CA 91521

No personal drop-offs accepted.

DEMO REEL & PORTFOLIO
TIPS

Eliminate weaker work and always give credit where credit is due. The organization and thoughtfulness represented in your application is sometimes as important as your final work. We took the most common notes and created shortcuts for you:

ANIMATION

should Include a variety of acting and personality tests as well as proficiency in different animation styles

CHARACTER TDS

should display broad motion in rigs and inclusion of active, dynamic sims, astute artistic sense, and a pinch of mad scientist; Hair/cloth sim a plus

FX ARTISTS

must showcase a variety of stylized effects and dynamic sims through out of the box results

LAYOUT

should show clear storytelling, dynamic camera work in continuity through rough layout/pre-vis versions of work; include a variety of sequence types (action, acting, musical, etc.); Photography and short films a plus

LIGHTING

should display strong color, contrast and lighting shots showcasing the assemblage of elements into a final composite; photography, painting a plus

LOOK DEVELOPMENT

should possess a great eye and proficiency in texturing and digital painting; strong technical skills with an art-direct-able aesthetic sense; modeling, lighting, painting, photography a plus

MODELERS

should show a variety of stylized examples of character and/or environments, props, etc. through wire frames, close ups of work and turntables

TECHNICAL DIRECTORS

should be proficient in Linux, Unix, Python, C/C++ and a love for problem solving in a highly artistic and technical Maya based CG environment

STORY

should include a variety of sequences showcasing visual storytelling and entertainment value as well as observational sketches from life

VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

should include paintings and designs that strongly emphasize storytelling and personality in environments and characters

DEMO REEL BREAKDOWN LIST

All demo reels should include a breakdown list that explains what work you were responsible for and what technique or software was used.

PORTFOLIO / DEMO REEL
RESUME & COVER LETTER
BREAKDOWN LIST
DISNEY I.D.