SHUEISHA’s Shonen Jump+’s storyboarding app service World Maker is offering contests with Netflix and TOHO.
For the Netflix contest, people interested need to create storyboards for a short no longer than 10 minutes. Needless to say, you need to use World Maker to create those storyboards, or else SHUEISHA won’t be interested. The deadline for submissions is January 8. It’s important that works submitted are original works. Whoever gets the grand prize will take home 500,000-yen (which is approximately $3,300) and Netflix will make an anime out of their storyboard.
Meanwhile, the contest with TOHO is to make a short live-action piece. The deadline for this one is much shorter — November 12, or this Sunday. The grand-prize winner also gets 500,000-yen, and this time around TOHO is going to make a live-action film based on the winning storyboards. The editorial staff of Shonen Jump+ and Hollywood director Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kong: Skull Island are acting as judges.
If you do want to submit to either of these, make sure you read all the fine print first, which might mean getting a translator for Japanese.
The World Maker app made its debut this past July. It allows people to digitally make manga layouts and animation storyboards. People are welcome to share their creations online. Already more than 20,000 people have tried out the app and made approximately 37,000 different works.
World Maker was additionally behind the World Maker Manga Contest, which had its deadline on October 1. The grand-prize winner hasn’t been announced yet, but whoever wins will get both a monetary reward (yup, 500,000 yen again) and have their work illustrated by mangaka Taishi Tsutsui, the creator of We Never Learn. The manga will then be published by Shonen Jump +.
Good luck to everyone who’s interested in taking part!
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.