Cartoon Network Partners To Host First Black Women Animate Boot Camp Training Day
Yesterday (20th October), Cartoon Network teamed up with Black Women Animate (BWA) to host the production company’s first ever Boot Camp Training Day at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California. The training day has helped members of BWA to develop their animation skills through master classes and panels with influential people in the animation industry.
The event started off with a conversation with the production team behind Cartoon Network’s Craig of the Creek, a highly praised show for its relatable characters and inclusion and positive representation of minorities.
Black Women Animate founder and CEO Taylor K. Shaw moderated a roundtable conversation called “The Power of Our Roots” along with othe women who work in the animation industry. Attendees will participated in sessions focused on storyboarding, character design, writing and other stages of animated show production. BWA managing partner JLove Calderón also moderated a panel discussion on how to be an ally to women of colour. Artists were able to submit an animated short with a runtime of five-minutes or less in a competition.
Cartoon Network Studios supports diverse and new talent through the source of education. Most recently, the studio launched CNS (Cartoon Network Studios) Academy to provide the resources and tools needed for a growing animation community to help discover and develop their professional and personal skills. Voice of Garnet from Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe – Estelle Darlings was also present at the BWA Boot Camp Training Day to give a special closing speech to give her support to BWA members.
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— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) October 12, 2018
“It’s an exciting time for black women in the animation space. As a voice actress in an under represented demographic, Cartoon Network working with Black Women Animate is a huge step in the right direction, I’m honored to support and be a part of it all!” – @estelledarlings pic.twitter.com/gUMKDYEaZn
— Black Women Animate (@blkwmnanimate) October 19, 2018
— BlackNAnimated (@Blacknanimated) October 21, 2018
"The Power of our Roots" People of all races, backgrounds and gender identities have come out today for #BWABOOTCAMP2018
Many even flew out from different states. It's empowering to be in a room with this much diverse talent! pic.twitter.com/qpqowRT18I
— Black Women Animate (@blkwmnanimate) October 20, 2018
Support from our male and white allies here at #BWABOOTCAMP2018
What does being an ally mean to you? pic.twitter.com/enyFtu8ZoO
— Black Women Animate (@blkwmnanimate) October 20, 2018
From The Turner USA Press Release: Cartoon Network Partners to Host First Black Women Animate Boot Camp Training Day on 20th Oct.
Cartoon Network has partnered with Black Women Animate (BWA) to host the production company’s first-ever Boot Camp Training Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, Calif. The intensive training day will provide BWA’s collective members and extended community the opportunity to develop and enhance their animation skills through a series of master classes and panels with industry leaders.
The event will kick off with a conversation featuring the team behind Cartoon Network’s hit series Craig of the Creek. The groundbreaking show has connected with viewers through its relatable characters and universal storylines and has been celebrated for its attention to inclusion and positive representation of minorities.
“Cartoon Network Studios recognizes the value that Black Women Animate and its members contribute to the larger animation community,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer, Cartoon Network. “This partnership is designed to inspire conversation and creativity and is another step in our ongoing drive to be the inspirational home base for diverse talent.”
Black Women Animate founder and CEO Taylor K. Shaw will moderate a roundtable conversation titled “The Power of Our Roots” with other trailblazing women in animation. Attendees will participate in in-depth sessions focused on storyboarding, character design, writing and other topics. In addition, BWA managing partner JLove Calderón will moderate a panel discussion on how to be an ally to women of color. Artists can also submit an animated short five-minutes or less for competition. A panel of esteemed judges from various animation studios will select the winning short and it will be screened at the event.
“We are so happy to partner with Cartoon Network on this revolutionary event. Sponsoring our Boot Camp demonstrates their commitment to building the future of animation,” said Taylor K. Shaw, founder and CEO of BWA. “Black Women Animate is committed to shifting culture through meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts. This Boot Camp is just the beginning of us giving our base the support they need to soar”.
Cartoon Network Studios is committed to supporting diverse and emerging talent by providing education and inspiring creativity. Most recently, the studio launched CNS Academy to provide resources and tools to a growing animation community to help discover and develop their professional and personal skills.
For more information about the Black Women Animate Boot Camp Training Day, visit: https://www.bwabootcamp.com.
About Black Women Animate
Founded by visionary creative Taylor K. Shaw in partnership with Activist Influencer and Content Creator JLove Calderón, Black Women Animate (BWA) is the first and only production company created to change the world of animation by providing women and nonbinary animators of color with the resources needed to be influencers in the industry. Shaw and Calderón saw firsthand the lack of diversity in their industry, so they joined forces to transform the quality and scope of animated productions. With a slate of multiple original properties, BWA gives women and nonbinary creatives of color their rightful place in the creative process and the power to control their narratives. http://blackwomenanimate.com