Judge Profile – Jenna Calvao and the Disney Insider Tips

by | Nov 6, 2015 | Creative

One of the judges for this year’s iAniMagic| The Living Light Box competition is Jenna Calvao. We’ve had the great pleasure of working with Jenna and speaking with her to find out what her expectations are for this year’s contest. In order to help you make the most of the time you have left this month, we’re releasing a small snippet to give you some insight into the inner workings of one this year’s judges. Keep reading to see what makes Jenna so awesome and what her number 1 criteria is for creating a truly magical Light Box.

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Jenna is a professionally trained Animator and Artist currently working as the Community Program Coordinator at The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco! She received her BFA from the Academy of Art University  with focused studies on 2D Animation. She has since, and still, works as a Freelance Animator and Digital Illustrator for commercials, company logos, and mobile apps for companies such as Rockbridge Productions and Cloudburst Games.


Jenna’s animation style reflects that of her teachings from former Disney animators, and her overall work is most inspired by the colorful and childlike designs of illustrator Mary Blair.


What she looks for in an animation: There are many things that can make an animation great, like technical drawings skills and use of the animation principles, but most important to me is the story. If an animation doesn’t have a strong story, it will simply fall flat.


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