Jen Hurler is an animation writer, producer, educator, and historian.
This past spring, Jen graduated with her MFA in computer animation from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She currently teaches storyboarding and story structure at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She is currently working towards expanding her animation writing career to both fiction (screenplays) and non-fiction (editorial work). She just wants to make and talk about cartoons.
Prior to SVA, Jen worked as a story production assistant at Blue Sky Studios for four years, earning credits on The Peanuts Movie (2015), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Ferdinand (2017), the upcoming Nimona (2021), and uncredited work on Spies in Disguise (2019).
Jen has previous experience as a freelance VFX producer and production coordinator in NYC, and as well as involvement in SIGGRAPH conferences, WIA NYC, and the Producers Guild of America East.
She holds a BA in Interactive Multimedia from The College of New Jersey, where she focused on cinema studies and production, with particular interest in animation history and screenwriting. While attending, she interned at Focus Features, where she worked on promotional material for films like Moonrise Kingdom and ParaNorman, as well as write lots of script coverage.