Have you heard of Zach Bilbo yet? You will!
Zach Bilbo is a 15-year-old boy who attended our two-week-long animation internship this summer. With dreams of someday making a career in animation, Zach submitted an extensive application for the internship complete with character, storyboards, and comics. We knew that he would really benefit from our teachers, and invited him to join us.
During the two-week internship, although Zach was somewhat reserved, he was incredibly hardworking and approached every project with thoughtfulness and creativity. He excelled in the many different domains of animation, including simple flipbook animation, stop-motion, and Claymation. Many of the volunteers had little experience with the different types of techniques, so Zach proved to be a great asset in providing assistance and support for the less experienced interns. Zach’s final animation reel was both innovative and humorous, combining the new skills he learned during the internship with his previously developed characters
So, when Project Coordinator of our Opening Minds, Opening Doors program, Eric Clow, and our Artworks Director April Sullivan wanted to create a character to become the “face” of OMOD and reflect the spirit of the program on different documents, we immediately thought of Zach. Zach took the opportunity and ran with it, designing a vast array of new and creative characters from which we could choose. We were so pleased with his submissions and decided that we couldn’t pick just one; hence the birth of “Maudie” and “Opie!” (Named by Zach, of course).
We’ve now hired Zach to draw these characters in a variety of poses and situations to go along with different programs, and couldn’t be more pleased with what he’s come up with. Both of these characters have distinct personalities and add a whole new dimension to the OMOD program. We're so happy to have Zach's help with this project, and hopefully contribute to his first steps on the way to making a career in animation a reality. Congratulations Zach! You're awesome!
What do you think of Zach’s work? What should Maudie and Opie be doing next? Let us know in the comments!