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Enterprise People - Pinocchio Targeted Placements

Screen Australia presents a very unique opportunity for specialist creatives with experience in stop motion animation and/or puppet fabrication to undertake a six month placement with Wooden Boy Productions in Portland, Oregon, USA working on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.  

Screen Australia will support one puppet fabricator and one animator for a six month placement in Portland, working in the puppet and animation departments on Pinocchio. Through this rare opportunity, the successful applicants will gain invaluable professional experience which will help to develop their careers and contribute wider benefits to the Australian screen industry upon return from the placement.


The aims of the initiative are to: 

  • Provide international professional development opportunities for the Australia animation sector.
  • Promote the business opportunities and commercial benefits of gender equity, and diversity and inclusion.


Up to $50,000 is available per applicant to cover any costs such as US Visa requirements, travel, accommodation, transport and other living expenses. 

Screen Australia and Wooden Boy Productions will select up to two placements, one from each of the following specialties:

  • Puppet fabrication: working alongside the Puppet Creative Supervisor, Georgina Hayns, the candidate will gain a complete overview of the Puppet production process including; character designs, creation of puppet armatures, mould-making, rapid prototyping, facial animation and puppet wrangling on shooting stages.
  • Animation: working alongside the Animation Supervisor, Brian Hansen, and the team of animators and riggers, the successful candidate will be provided with a comprehensive insight into stop motion at the highest level.


Screen Australia and Wooden Boy Productions seek applications from Australian creatives with experience in animation and/or puppet fabrication who wish to hone their skills to an international standard. 

Applicants should have demonstrated experience either on a professional stop motion animation production OR provide a link to their own portfolio or short film which demonstrates their skill in puppet making and/or stop motion animation.

Screen Australia and Wooden Boy Productions encourage applicants from people who identify as First Nations Australian, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, are living with disability, and/or are trans/gender diverse to apply.

Applicants must be available to start the placement in January 2020 for six months and be able to qualify for an appropriate US Visa. Applicants will also need to meet Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade. Students enrolled in a puppet, film, television, screen media, animation, interactive digital media course at a film school or other tertiary educational institution are not eligible.


Applications close Friday, 23 August 2019 and can be made through the Enterprise People program: applicants will need to select the “Career Placements” option, followed by “Targeted Placement Initiative” in the application form. 

Materials include:

  • Application form that includes a 4-minute video pitch or 3-page written pitch
  • Applicant CV
  • Links to portfolio and/or showreel
  • A letter of support from an industry leader

Shortlisted applicants will need to be available for a video conference interview with representatives from Wooden Boy Productions and Screen Australia at a time to be set between Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 September.

Assessment criteria

  • Does the applicant and application align with aims of the targeted placement initiative?
  • Is the applicant at a stage of their career in terms of experience and success to take advantage of this opportunity? And/or, how does the applicant evidence the relevant skills and potential to be able to take advantage of this opportunity?
  • Are the applicant’s career goals and ambitions a good match with the opportunities created through this initiative?
  • If the applicant is successful, will this opportunity benefit the applicant’s career and the Australian screen industry more broadly?

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 4 October 2019.

Recommendations will be made to an internal committee comprised of the Screen Australia CEO, COO and Head of Content. Final decisions will be made through this committee in consultation with Wooden Boy Productions.

Enquiries:  For any enquiries, please contact the Program Operations team on 1800 507 901 or [email protected].