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About Rochelle

As family-friendly companies such as Disney and Pixar have proven time and again, ‘Story is King’ and with more than twelve years of visual storytelling experience within the realms of live-action film and animation film-making, I am uniquely qualified to assist companies and individuals share with the world their own stories.

After earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, I spent more than a decade with Walt Disney Feature Animation contributing to such classics as THE LION KING, MULAN and LILO & STITCH. Working at Disney exposed me to multiple artistic disciplines, including story design, screenwriting, storyboarding, character design/animation, visual effects and prop design/animation, layout design and production management, to name a few.

Since my departure from Disney in 2003, I’ve worked tirelessly to hone my craft; creating stories and characters for the web, the stage and the big and small screens, as well as for picture books and middle-grade/young adult novels. When not working on my own projects, I partner creatively with other professionals as a freelance writer, illustrator and story consultant. Notable clients include the Walt Disney Company and the production leadership team behind the 2009 feature film BROTHERS.

Loglines

  • Bergen

    Bergen Animation Family Fantasy In Eighth Century Europe, the youngest daughter of an ailing King dreams of someday being entrusted with the same responsibilities as the men in her family. When her male siblings are transformed into swans by a rival Queen, the young lady learns firsthand just how overwhelming the burden of leadership can be . . .

  • The Contemporary

    The Contemporary Thriller A young professional takes on what appears to be the perfect roommate but when the guy becomes violently overprotective, the young man confronts him and learns that the roommate is actually the spectre of an older brother who was never born

  • Affinity

    Affinity Drama Historical When Anne Bonny accompanies small time pirate John Rackham to sea in 1720, she discovers an independence and equality unlike any she has ever known. As Anne struggles to navigate the harsh living conditions and treacherous shipboard politics, she forges a close friendship with Mark Read, another young sailor aboard ship. But as Anne's friendship with Read deepens, her relationship with Rackham crumbles, even as the British Navy closes in . . .

  • Ninety-One Cents

    Ninety-One Cents Drama Independent An asocial young man flies home for his estranged father's funeral but finds his life thrown wildly out of balance when he reluctantly agrees to hand deliver, as part of his father's last will and testament, a mysterious sealed envelope . . .

Credits

  • Little Match Girl

    Little Match Girl (2006)
    Film (short) by The Walt Disney Company 'Assistant Effects Animator'

  • Brother Bear

    Brother Bear (2003)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company 'Visual Effects Animation: Breakdown. Preliminary Visual Effects Design'

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch (2002)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company 'Visual Effects Animation: Breakdown. Preliminary Visual Effects Design'

  • Beauty and the Beast Special Edition ('Human Again' Sequence)

    Beauty and the Beast Special Edition ('Human Again' Sequence) (2002)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company Visual Effects Animation

  • Tarzan

    Tarzan (1999)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company 'Additional Visual Effects'

  • Fantasia 2000

    Fantasia 2000 (1999)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company 'Assistant Production Manager, Production Assistant on the PINES OF ROME sequence (Uncredited)'

  • Mulan

    Mulan (1998)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company 'Visual Effects Animation: Effects Breakdown. Preliminary Visual Effects Design'

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company 'Additional Visual Effects Animation: Effects Inbetweener'

  • Pocahontas

    Pocahontas (1995)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company Production Assistant

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King (1994)
    Film by The Walt Disney Company Production Assistant

  • My Peoples/A Few Good Ghosts (Unproduced)

    My Peoples/A Few Good Ghosts (Unproduced)
    by The Walt Disney Company 'Pre-visualization, Preliminary Visual Effects Design'

  • Mickey Mouse 'Mouseworks' Short:  "Hansel & Gretel"

    Mickey Mouse 'Mouseworks' Short: "Hansel & Gretel"
    by The Walt Disney Company Visual Effects Animation

Awards

  • • Feature-length screenplay ‘AFFINITY’ was a 2007 Scriptapalooza Quarterfinalist
    (2007)

  • • Feature-length screenplay ‘AFFINITY’ finished in the top six percent at the 2006 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and advanced to the second round of the 2006 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
    (2006)

  • Wilmington Arts Association Scholarship
    (1990)

  • UNC-W Faculty’s Choice Scholarship Award
    (1990)

  • UNC-W Academic Dean’s List
    (1988)

  • • Feature-length screenplays routinely finish in the top ten to fifteen percent at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Education

  • Walt Disney Feature Animation Intern Program
    (1995-1995)

  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
    (1988-1991)

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