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Every great film begins with a great story, and at Walt Disney Animation Studios, we've built our legacy on that foundation. That tradition continues today with such popular hits as "Tangled," "Wreck-It Ralph," the upcoming "Frozen," and an impressive slate of future films. Our writers, story team, and artists are renowned for creating characters that come to life on screen, along with enchanted settings and great plots through the time-honored art of storyboarding.

Story Artists translate story ideas into visual sequences to convey the essence of storyline, scene structure, character emotion, action, and humor in alignment with the overall direction of the film. With quick and gestural sketches, a mastery of human and animal anatomy, an understanding of cinematography and narrative staging, our story artists produce character-driven story sequences with strong character appeal and acting.

Tools: Photoshop

Layout is a central component of the storytelling process. Working from storyboards, these artists use a film’s characters, sets, props and cameras to stage, block, and shoot the film, shot by shot, that audiences will see on the big screen. Cinematography, staging, and rough character animation are key elements of a Layout Artist’s skill set.

Tools: Maya, Unix/Linux

Editorial is at the center of many departments (Story, Layout, Animation, Lighting) and is an essential component of the storytelling process, shaping it all the way through final delivery of picture and sound.

Primary responsibilities of an Animated Movie Editor are to read and discuss scripts and storyboards with the director to better understand the vision, collaborate with musical directors and sound editors to help score a film or add sound effects, cut and arrange footage to tell the best story and meet length requirements, prepare a rough cut for the director, and revise for the final cut and final sound mix.

Tools: AVID media composer, After Effects

The Development team supports directors as they move from conception of an idea toward production. Team members facilitate progress toward key artistic goals by: providing directors with story feedback; identifying and hiring screenwriters; overseeing staffing and scheduling of projects through early creative milestones; and providing research to create believable story worlds. A successful member of this team possesses a passion for the art and craft of screenwriting, strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously; and ability to contribute to a director’s vision in innovative ways.

The Production Management team at Disney Animation has a passion for people and the craft of animation. The best players in Production Management are great communicators, strategists, organizers, and quick to react to ever-changing production schedules. The success of their partnerships will be a primary factor in a department’s success on a film. Production Management oversees the long-term as well as the day-to-day production, schedules, milestones, inventory, budgets, and workflow.

Every great film begins with a great story, and at Walt Disney Animation Studios, we've built our legacy on that foundation. That tradition continues today with such popular hits as "Tangled," "Wreck-It Ralph," the upcoming "Frozen," and an impressive slate of future films. Our writers, story team, and artists are renowned for creating characters that come to life on screen, along with enchanted settings and great plots through the time-honored art of storyboarding.

Story Artists translate story ideas into visual sequences to convey the essence of storyline, scene structure, character emotion, action, and humor in alignment with the overall direction of the film. With quick and gestural sketches, a mastery of human and animal anatomy, an understanding of cinematography and narrative staging, our story artists produce character-driven story sequences with strong character appeal and acting.

Tools: Photoshop

Layout is a central component of the storytelling process. Working from storyboards, these artists use a film’s characters, sets, props and cameras to stage, block, and shoot the film, shot by shot, that audiences will see on the big screen. Cinematography, staging, and rough character animation are key elements of a Layout Artist’s skill set.

Tools: Maya, Unix/Linux

Editorial is at the center of many departments (Story, Layout, Animation, Lighting) and is an essential component of the storytelling process, shaping it all the way through final delivery of picture and sound.

Primary responsibilities of an Animated Movie Editor are to read and discuss scripts and storyboards with the director to better understand the vision, collaborate with musical directors and sound editors to help score a film or add sound effects, cut and arrange footage to tell the best story and meet length requirements, prepare a rough cut for the director, and revise for the final cut and final sound mix.

Tools: AVID media composer, After Effects

The Development team supports directors as they move from conception of an idea toward production. Team members facilitate progress toward key artistic goals by: providing directors with story feedback; identifying and hiring screenwriters; overseeing staffing and scheduling of projects through early creative milestones; and providing research to create believable story worlds. A successful member of this team possesses a passion for the art and craft of screenwriting, strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously; and ability to contribute to a director’s vision in innovative ways.

The Production Management team at Disney Animation has a passion for people and the craft of animation. The best players in Production Management are great communicators, strategists, organizers, and quick to react to ever-changing production schedules. The success of their partnerships will be a primary factor in a department’s success on a film. Production Management oversees the long-term as well as the day-to-day production, schedules, milestones, inventory, budgets, and workflow.