"It's a great job - hard but fulfilling - and very creative. You can earn a good living if you're willing to commit to crazy schedules. There aren't many women in the field, so it's kind of special to be doing this."


Countries from around the world want to do co-productions with Canadian animation firms…we're that good!


Stephanie Gignac is an animation storyboard artist. The storyboard artist is responsible for what is considered the "blueprint" of animation. The job involves taking a script and illustrating each scene in sequence with dialogue and actions.

She has worked in the industry for 6 years. Stefanie received her Classical Animation diploma after attending a 3 year-program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. She has worked on animation shows such as Rupert, Franklin, and Little Bear for Nelvana. At the time of her interview, Stefanie had been working freelance for Cinar Corporation for 4 years.


Did you know? "The Flintstones" was the first prime-time animated series. "The Simpsons" is the longest running series.


Stephanie does her work in the comfort of her home, along with her younger sister, who is also a storyboard artist. One of the shows Stephanie worked on - Arthur -won 2 U.S. Emmies for best children's animation.


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SYNOPSIS:

Stephanie grew up fascinated by Star Wars and Disney classics - anything with visual effects. Today, she has the best of both worlds. Stephanie spends the work day at her comfortable home with her sister, doing something that she absolutely loves; laying out story board blueprints for many popular animation projects, including one that won two Emmy's for best children's animation…


PERSONAL DATA:

Education: Classical Animation diploma after a 3 year-program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario

Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, climbing