Stopmotion Fabrication Internship for Big Sky (2 positions) – FALL 2024 – APPLY BY 6/1/24

April 18, 2024

Website Big Sky

Stopmotion Fabrication Internship for Big Sky (2 positions)

Application deadline:  June 1, 2024  (or rolling until position is filled)

Start Date: September 1, 2024  (rolling until position is filled)

Potential End Date: December 20, 2024 or May 20th, 2025

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS IN PERSON in Beverly a 5 minute walk from campus

Overview

One or two interns to assist artist/animators Ruth Bauer and Blyth Hazen with developing set, puppet and props for Scenes 3-4  of the stopmotion short  Big Sky.

Big Sky is a coming of age story about a young artist living in Texas in 1969. Getting her first pair of glasses brought the world into focus for Lil’ Ruth. She tries to make sense of the mysteries of the world as she puzzles out the meaning of  “beauty”, the confusing rules of religion, and the hatefulness of racial prejudice.  Living in a motel in Ft. Stockton, Texas for the summer brings all sorts of discoveries: the endless sky, the softness of horned toads, and the complexity of scorpions.  During a visit to an art museum at the end of the summer, one particular painting grabs her attention. Lil’ Ruth isn’t sure exactly where she wants to go in the world, but she knows that there is another world for her.

The first two of seven scenes are complete, see link here: https://vimeo.com/930849891/ecac86186e?share=copy

More information and images from the production process can be found here: https://www.blythhazen.com/big-sky/

The Stopmotion Fabrication Intern(s) will work with the artists on developing the set and props for scenes 3 and 4 of Big Sky

Responsibilities

  • Work on a team
  • Work from the script and from concept art and discussions with the artists to develop set, puppet and prop prototypes 
  • Research – to develop time period appropriate objects
  • Work with the team on set and prop development from prototype to finished product ready for filming
  • Create prop lists and production plan for set and prop development

Qualifications

  • High attention to detail
  • Clear communication skills
  • Ability to work to 1:6 scale – measuring and simple calculating
  • Ability to work collaboratively 
  • Willingness to revise and take critique based on needs of the project
  • Ability to work well independently – between studio sessions
  • Currently enrolled in a higher education institution
  • A variety of fabrication skills are useful (outline skills in your cover letter).

 These could include:

  • 3D modeling & digital fabrication
  • paper engineering
  • working with polymer clay
  • moldmaking/casting
  • wood working 
  • model making – card board, wood, plastic
  • soldering
  • painting
  • sewing
  • other?
  • Familiarity with stopmotion process a plus

Location, Hours and Meetings

  • In-person – TBD Ideally available day time Monday, Weds and/or Saturdays for 3 hour blocks. 
  • 19 Abbott street Studio – a 5 min walk from Montserrat
  • Ability to navigate stairs to access a basement studio 

Compensation

The Fabrication Intern receives academic credit for the internship. If any grant funding is received the interns will receive stipends.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume and a portfolio of sample work to [email protected]

Application deadline June 1, 2024  (rolling until position is filled).  

Please reach out to Blyth Hazen  [email protected] with any questions about this internship.

To apply for this job email your details to blyth.hazen@montserrat.edu