This Internship honours Julie Baines (1993-2020), an animator at Wētā FX. Julie had a lifelong love for filmmaking and was a talented young animator. She went to high school in Hastings on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and studied Design Innovation at Victoria University in Wellington.
She joined Wētā FX in 2015 as a runner and, taking the leap that propelled her career forward, she reached out to the Animation department about the prospect of an entry-level position within the team. In 2016, following a first stint in animation and some mentoring, she was officially contracted as an animator.
Over the next five years Julie animated on many of Wētā FX's high-profile movies including Lady and the Tramp, Jumanji 3, Gemini Man, Avengers: Infinity War, Alita: Battle Angel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, The BFG, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Krampus. Julie said that working in animation at Wētā FX meant she literally lived her dream.
Wētā FX hopes that the Wētā FX Animation Internship will inspire other young New Zealand women to live their dreams and pursue digital animation as a career path.
You might be exploring your options, currently studying or a recent graduate ready to embark on next steps. We are particularly interested in supporting young women from all corners of this incredibly creative country.
This Internship is open to young women who are not already professional animators. This means that if you have more than 12 months’ industry experience working as an animator, you will not be able to apply. You cannot use any work completed at a professional studio in your application.
The successful applicant receives:
Remember that only women, or those who identify as women aged between 18 and 25 who are New Zealand residents can apply for this Internship
Please ‘Start Application’ using the button below. Include your CV, a link to your portfolio and/or showreel if you have one (it is not a requirement to have a showreel to apply for this internship), and a cover letter telling us why you should have this opportunity.
Your application should demonstrate that you: