Want to be Nickelodeon’s next animator?

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Nickelodeon Loud House
Loud House started off as an animated short submission, and it’s now getting 13 episodes!

If you’re a fan of Nickelodeon and you enjoy illustrating, then listen up! Two years ago, Nickelodeon announced its annual animation competition, searching for amateur cartoonists to create an 11-minute video that could one day become a regular series on the popular channel. Now, when San Diego Comic-Con arrives July 24-27, Nick’s animation development team will be evaluating rookie animators in their glass-walled room for 3 days.

“Performance art, costumes, story boards, video, a sketch on a napkin — we’ll look at it all,” explained Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president for content development and production. “We’re not looking for these shorts in and of themselves to become shows,” he said. “That’s too much pressure. What we’re looking for is raw talent.”

See, Nick wants to keep its TV shows and ratings fresh, especially since it recently became the number one channel among children ages 2 to 11. In 2012, 600 contestants submitted their animation projects, rising to 1,500 in 2013, and Nick has already ordered 13 episodes of “Loud House”, which was originally one of the proposed shorts.

Images courtesy of Nickelodeon.