Mentor of the Day: Ben Juwono
Ben Juwono is back for his second Mentorship with Motivarti! Ben is currently a Director at Disney TV Animation for the upcoming Big Hero 6 TV series. He is an Annie Awards Nominated Storyboard Artist, and has previously worked for DreamWorks TV Animation and Film Roman. He also happens to have a Masters in Physics.
His first round as Mentor was incredibly successful! He helped Spring 2016 Mentee Paulene Phouybanhdyt put together her portfolio, develop her storyboarding techniques, and answer every question about the intricacies of the animation industry. The great combination of Paulene’s tireless hard work, and Ben’s generous guidance helped this Mentee gain a well earned Story Artist Trainee position at DreamWorks Animation. We are so proud of Paulene, and can’t wait to see what amazing work develops as she continues her training outside the Mentorship. Check out some of her work below!
When we asked Paulene about her advice to potential Mentees for Ben, she told us, “You have to work hard, don’t waste his time. Whatever you put in, you get out. Ben’s an excellent mentor who knows what he’s doing, and he’s kind and gracious with his time and knowledge. As long as you take critique well, you’ll be fine.”
When Ben is not Storyboarding or Directing, he can often be found making puns or making coffee. Occasionally at the same time. Be sure to check out his website for more examples of his work!