#CTNX Student Contest

Animators/pre-production artists…we have some very exciting news!!! Next Wednesday April 16, CTN  (http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/) will be holding a contest for best animation reel and best animation pre-production portfolio.

The contest will last ONE WEEK ONLY and 2 winners will receive an incredible $2000 SCHOLARSHIP towards one CSU Summer Arts class (one winner per class). Submissions will open from April 16th 6:00am PST-April 23rd 11:59pm PST. Start getting your portfolios/reels ready! More details to follow.

For information about portfolio/reel requirements and details of the classes being offered in the program:

Step 1: For information and application for the classes being offered in the program:

A) Nickelodeon: An Overview from Development to Pitch (guest artists from Nickelodeon



B) Understanding your Character for Feature Animation (guest feature animation artists
from Pixar and/or Disney)


Step 2: To apply for the CTN scholarship contest you can upload your portfolio to the Creative Talent Network recruiting and contest website at: http://www.ctnrecruiting.com/

Step 3: Click on the “Sign In” link at the top of the page. Then click on the “Click Here” to register as a new member.

Step 4: Fill out the form, everything with a red * is required information.

Step 5: Once you have registered please give the CTN Recruiting team up to 24 hours to approve you.

Step 6: Once approved you will receive an email from our recruiting team letting you know you can log back in and upload your portfolio.

Step 7: After you get the approval email log back into http://ctnrecruiting.com/ and sign in with the email and password you used to sign up with.

Step 8: When you sign back in you will be taken to the “Edit Basic Portfolio” page. This is the page you will upload your images and/or demo reel on. Please be sure to follow the instructions on this page for uploading. If you do not upload as the page states your images and/or demo reel will not show up for the judges to see.

Portfolio Guidelines for each class are:

A) Nickelodeon: An Overview from Development to Pitch: Class Session – July 14 to July 27 – Submit a 10-15-page portfolio. It is recommended that your portfolio display fundamental skills in art (e.g. gestural figure/animal drawings, painting, design, sculpture etc.). Your portfolio may also include a focus in a particular area of strength or samples of one or all of the following (character design, visual development, layout, background painting, storyboards.). You may also include organized pages from your sketchbook that show your ideas and process.

B) Understanding your Character for Feature Animation: Class Session – June 30 to July13
Submit your animation reel. The reel should be no more than 2 minutes long and should include your understanding of the 12 principles of animation. Advanced animators should show your understanding of an animated character that is believable and entertaining. Although it is not mandatory for this application, you may also include images on your reel that display your understanding of fundamental drawing, character design, layout, painting, etc.

Step 9: Once you have uploaded everything click on the “Contest” link at the top of the page.

Step 10: Click on the class you would like to apply for.

Step 11: You will be taken to a page with details about the class. Scroll to the bottom to where it says “Apply for the Contest” and select the “Use Basic Portfolio” option. Then hit the “Apply” button.

Step 12: A pop up will appear at the top of the screen will come up and let you know that you have “Applied Successfully”, if you would like to double check to make sure you have applied at the top of the screen you can click on the “My Contests” button. This will show all the contests you have applied for and you can look at and edit your portfolio here up until the last date to submit. In this case that will be April 23 11:59pm PST.

Step 13: Your work will be judged by industry professionals and one scholarship winner will be chosen for each class. The winners will be notified by email by May 5th.

Good Luck!