Animation Magazine

A DAy In The LIfe

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How much do we love the brilliant, Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmywinnin­g director Jennifer Yuh Nelson? After breaking records — and the glass ceiling — by becoming the first woman to solo-direct a studio blockbuste­r (DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3) she continues to dazzle us with her work as supervisin­g producer and director on Netflix’s Love, Death + Robots. She was kind enough to give us a look at what a typical day in her life looks like!

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Sun, sandwiches and catching up with Emily over lunch on the Blur Studio patio (Culver City).
5 Sun, sandwiches and catching up with Emily over lunch on the Blur Studio patio (Culver City).
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Breakfast at work, with tiny muffins and Stella Levy.
2 Breakfast at work, with tiny muffins and Stella Levy.
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Look who stopped by! Emily Dean, a fellow director and all-around wonderful person.
4 Look who stopped by! Emily Dean, a fellow director and all-around wonderful person.
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The usual afternoon “research trip” for boba tea with Sarah Hayes and Adam Hall.
7 The usual afternoon “research trip” for boba tea with Sarah Hayes and Adam Hall.
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Zooming and sharing screens with studios takes up a good chunk of my day.
3 Zooming and sharing screens with studios takes up a good chunk of my day.
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Shooting some behind the scenes of the behind the scenes! (My shoes were not meant to be on camera.)
6 Shooting some behind the scenes of the behind the scenes! (My shoes were not meant to be on camera.)
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Sneaking in some drawing time in the late afternoon.
8 Sneaking in some drawing time in the late afternoon.
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Every morning begins with a very sleepy cat.
1 Every morning begins with a very sleepy cat.
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Finally, contemplat­ing the deep, existentia­l question: “What’s for dinner?”
9 Finally, contemplat­ing the deep, existentia­l question: “What’s for dinner?”
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