Arna Selznick

Arna Selznick

Director / Senior story artist / 20 yrs

Toronto, Canada

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Director

The Most Magnificent Thing

Story Artist

The Nut Job 2 (2017)

Story Artist

Spark: A Space Tail (2017)

Director/co-creator

COOLMAN!

Story Artist

Clone High (2002)

Storyboard Artist

6Teen (2004)

Storyboard Artist

Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004)

Storyboard Artist

Mia and Me (2011)

Storyboard Artist

The King's Beard (2002)

Storyboard Artist

Max & Ruby (2002)

Storyboard Artist

Return to Never Land (2002)

Storyboard

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (2002)

Storyboard Artist

Bob and Margaret (1998)

Layout Artist

Babar: The Movie (1989)

Layout Director

The Care Bears Family (1985)

Layout Director

Ewoks (1985)

Layout Artist

Rock & Rule (1983)

3d story artist

Kate and Mim-Mim (2014)

Director

The Care Bears Movie (1985)

Arna is a director, and a story artist. She's a team player with an imaginative storytelling sense; adept at a variety of film styles. Arna loves to dig deep into her characters and create great physical business that connects with her audience.
Work History
  • January 2017 - August 2018

    Director

    Nelvana

    Developing a CG featurette based on the book The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires for Nelvana. My partner, screenwriter John van Bruggen adapted the book and wrote the script. We've been in production since January 2017. We'll be wrapping our film in August 2018. A true labour of love for a talented team of artists.
  • June 2016 - June 2017

    Story Artist

    Toonbox Entertainment

  • November 1985 - Present

    Animation storyboard artist/director

    dancingmonkeys inc.

    Telling stories in film and loving it.
  • November 2014 - June 2016

    Story Artist

    Toonbox Entertainment

    As a story artist I stage sequences, develop dramatic characters, and help build a solid entertaining feature film. We usually work on the script as a team, bouncing ideas back and forth. Then we hunker down and work on our individual sequences until they are ready to pitch to our story supervisor Jeff Dickson, and then to the director. Once we get feedback it's usually back to the drawing board...and so on...and so on... I love it!
  • October 1980 - December 2004

    Nelvana

  • July 2014 - October 2014

    Story Artist

    Guru Studio

    Doing story work on a made-for-DVD feature.
  • November 2013 - July 2014

    Freelance Storyboard Artist

    Nerd Corps Entertainment

    Worked on KATE AND MIM-MIM. Super cute!
    Then boarded on a top secret made-for-DVD feature.
  • March 2014 - May 2014

    Storyboard Artist

    Neptoon Studios

    Worked on LOOPED! for Mark Thornton and Todd Kauffman.
    https://www.neptoonstudios.net/
  • 2014 - 2014

    Story Artist

    Guru Studio

    Creating compelling images for a made-for-DVD animated feature.
  • April 2013 - August 2013

    Story Artist

    Slap Happy Cartoons

    Completed boarding on a brand new series for the fine folks at Slap Happy Cartoons.
  • February 2013 - April 2013

    Story Artist

    House of Cool Studios Inc

    Working with an amazing team of talented story people on a new feature film.
  • December 2012 - January 2013

    Illustrator

    Body-In-Motion

    Arna had the pleasure of working with Dianne Woodruff, creating illustrations for her 3D Workout Instructor's Manual.

    See a sample of the new illustrations here:
    https://www.body-in-motion.com/an-exercise-system-that-will-keep-you-on-your-feet-for-a-lifetime/

    https://www.body-in-motion.com/
  • April 2013 - June 2013

    Mercury Filmworks

  • February 2012 - November 2012

    Story Artist

    Toonbox Entertainment

    As a story artist I stage sequences, develop dramatic characters, and help build a solid entertaining feature film. We usually work on the script as a team, bouncing ideas back and forth. Then we hunker down and work on our individual sequences until they are ready to pitch to our story supervisor Jeff Dickson, and then to the director. Once we get feedback it's usually back to the drawing board...and so on...and so on... I love it!
  • February 2011 - January 2012

    Story Artist

    9Story Entertainment

    Story boarding on the Max And Ruby animated series.
  • November 2010 - February 2011

    Story Artist

    March Entertainment

  • September 2010 - November 2010

    Story Artist on feature film animatic

    Perfect Circle Productions Vancouver

  • November 2009 - June 2010

    Story Artist

    Radical Sheep Productions Inc.

    Handled story on a lovely animated series called Stella And Sam.
  • December 2008 - June 2009

    Story Artist

    9story Entertainment Inc.

    Story artist on Max And Ruby!
  • 2009 - 2009

    Story Artist

    Cookie Jar Entertainment

  • August 2006 - November 2008

    Story Artist

    Elliott Animation

    I've completed a gig as a freelance storyartist on 6TEEN, an animated series for 'tweens'.
    You can see a sample of my boards for this series here:
    https://www.dancingmonkeys.com/ArnaBoards/6Teen/6T39_1.htm

    And my boards for another show for Elliott Animation here:
    https://www.dancingmonkeys.com/ArnaBoards/TotalD/TotalD5/TD5_1.htm
  • September 2007 - April 2008

    Story Artist

    Mercury Filmworks

    All done with the premier season storyboards for TOOT AND PUDDLE. It's a very good looking show. See a clip that Arna storyboarded about visiting the ballet!:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNG1Zxu8n74
  • 2007 - 2007

    Story Artist

    Studio B

    Story artist on the Flash series Martha Speaks.
  • 1980 - 2006

    Director, Show Creator, Story Artist, Storyboard Supervisor

    Nelvana Ltd. (Now called Corus Entertainment)

    I started in the Layout department on the feature film ROCK AND RULE in 1980. I've been associated with Nelvana on projects that include RUBY GLOOM, 6TEEN, CLONE HIGH, MISS SPIDER'S SUNNY PATCH FRIENDS, FRANKLIN, DOG CITY, LITTLE BEAR, MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST, BABAR, THE BEETELJUICE ANIMATED SERIES, and THE CARE BEARS.
    Together with my partner John van Bruggen we created five COOLMAN! shorts for the creator-driven Nelvana Funpack show.

    My online resume:
    https://issuu.com/laselznick/docs/arnas_sept24_13
  • July 2003 - December 2005

    Story Artist

    9story Entertainment Inc.

    Story Artist for the preschool series: PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD and for the SCI~FI series: SKYLAND
  • 2005 - 2005

    Story Artist

    C.O.R.E.digital Features

    worked on THE WILD
  • February 2001 - May 2001

    Story Artist

    Tiger Aspect

    Story Artist on THE ANIMATED MR. BEAN
  • 1993 - 2000

    Story Artist

    Collingwood O'Hare

    Story artist on THE KING'S BEARD feature fim, and the television series: DENNIS AND GNASHER, CAPTAIN ZED AND THE ZEE ZONE, OSCAR'S ORCHESTRA.
  • January 1998 - December 1998

    Story Artist

    Walt Disney Canada

    Story artist for the feature film RETURN TO NEVERLAND, the sequel to WALT DISNEY'S PETER PAN directed by Robin Budd. You can see a few of my rough samples here:

    https://www.dancingmonkeys.com/ArnaBoards/Pan/PanOpen_1.htm
  • 1993 - 1994

    Assistant to the director, layout artist.

    GOLDTOOTH (sequel to KARATE KIDS)

    On GOLDTOOTH, I had the great priviledge to work alongside animator Kai Pindal and writer and director, the late Derek Lamb.
  • 1991 - 1992

    Storyboard Artist

    Jumbo Pictures

    Storyartist on six eps. of DOUG, animated series.
Education
  • Still learning...

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