Netflix is offering scholarships for about ten individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are interested in becoming animators. It will be a six month stint at WIT Animator Academy in Tokyo, created by none other than WIT Studio. Japanese fluency is not required, but people taking part will need to know at least conversational Japanese.
Hitomi Tateno of Studio Ghibli will be creating your curriculum there and teaching. Tateno was employed for a quarter of a century as an animation checker, working on such titles as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.
After the six months of classes are done, graduates become subcontracted animators who will work on an anime that will air on Netflix. The anime in question will either be produced by WIT Studio or Production I.G.
If you’re interested, here’s where you can apply. The deadline is February 28.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.