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The Article that came out a few days ago concerning Women and the Hardships they face in Animation – isnt a new thing.

However the stories missed a major point that people have forgotten.

Half the reason why these new female animators got discriminated against (until very, very recently), was a bit of that “old boys network”…

When it came to the art style the women students (now animators) were drawing in school.

You see, many of the older teachers and professors came from Disney’s days, and while aspects of the BuzzFeed story does ring true – it doesn’t state about the many other women who worked in the Voice Acting, Background and other animation work between the 1920 to the 1990’s (and I stopped on the 90’s for a reason I will explain in a minute) in which most of the great works of that time period continue to shine (Mary Blair is just one example)

When it comes to these teachers – what they saw in many of the students was what they called the Oriental (read this is a Anime) Taint, in most of their projects. For many teachers – they never saw it too much as a problem, they had some reverence for the work many of the Japanese animators have done. But for the majority of these animation teachers – they had a certain bias. And these teachers (since anime and manga was getting to be very popular with the success of Sailor Moon and others – with many female and male art students) began to nitpick everything – from arms, shape, and other such. Many females (back then), felt that they were being poked at because of the choice of art style they wanted to use to animate, and to be fair – some felt that the males were getting away with worse – as it has been proven with recent shows 10 years after the fact. (Bojack is a well written show, but its animation … yep)

I have known one artist from Sheridan who would tell you horror stories about how hard they went at the animation school students, when they deal with the “Oriental*Trash” the teachers complain – why too much on this and too much on that, where are the basics, horrible color theory etc.

There are others from SVA – who Amid Amidi admitted back when Jerry Beck was apart of Cartoon Brew – weren’t that good during one of his many Judging duties looking at Students in SVA. Many of the female animation students left because of burn out, sometimes they felt that the teachers didn’t get the support they wanted, still others that dreaded world “REAL LIFE” took over.

That was 10 years ago.

There have been massive changes now. Too massive to count or say here.

But some of these changes were somewhat good, others were bad.

And it comes back to audience – and of most import audience share. There are many shows that have characterizations and what not that would have never been possible 10 years ago.

But their ten years too late – and now destined to be lost in to the dustbin of falling subscriptions for cable, changes in how audiences get entertainment – and a incoming, but not too much said in the media – A ever growing and every dangerous tech bubble surrounding all of this.

The complaints are well founded, but its more of a lack of audience – and how the kids cable networks schedule these shows. If they had a schedule that they actually follow – then maybe – the ratings would reflect the changes the female animators say are taking place. But sadly – and this may not be the fault of the female animators – the ratings are no where close. In fact even though CN’s shows have done well – compared to Disney – its still 70/30 Male Cartoon Network and 85%/25% Disney Channel/Disney XD for females. This has been the way it has gone for the last 18 years. Frozen has made it much more towards the female camp. And to be fair to Nickelodeon – it has been much fairer, but their ratings have dropped like a stone.

That means the same shows continue to win (SpongeBob and others that are 15 to 30 years old at this point) to gain audience share because its what the audience trusts. To convince – the audience – and in the future – other animation teachers and faulty to produce better female animators -(because it seems to work very well in Japan…and France…somehow) is for much higher standards for animation teaching – but be more unbiased in how styles are used. There also needs to be a SuperProducer set up – not unlike Saban or Al Kahn used to have – especially now with these mass changes in how media is watched, where a woman is in Charge – this did happen with Fox Kids when Marget Loacsch was in power from 1990 to 1997 and when she ran the Hub for 4 years until it became Discovery Family. The main goal is to promote female Voice Actors, Animators, Background Artists etc. That way trust is formed and new people get into the business…NOT UNLIKE what Japan does – when NHK interviews animators and manga artists both male and female.

While Miss Lange may have had many sad stories about female animators right – the options are their to fix it. I just gave a couple. The Passive Aggressive Nature outside of the sad truth, doesnt help matters. It only continues the money grab that many of the networks will love to continue to do.

 

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Women in Animation to Hold Director’s Club Panel on March http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-hold-directors-club-panel-march/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-hold-directors-club-panel-march/#respond Sun, 02 Mar 2014 20:00:10 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=46281 The professional non-profit organization focused on bringing together a global community of animation professionals, Women in Animation (WIA), will be launching its March tentpole event, “Directors’ Club,” at the Cinefamily on March 9th, under the sponsorship of Six Point Harness and Mondo Media. The “Directors’ Club” is an elite panel of women directors of animation […]

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The professional non-profit organization focused on bringing together a global community of animation professionals, Women in Animation (WIA), will be launching its March tentpole event, “Directors’ Club,” at the Cinefamily on March 9th, under the sponsorship of Six Point Harness and Mondo Media. The “Directors’ Club” is an elite panel of women directors of animation discussing a wide variety of topics related to animation across all genres.

WIA’s “Directors’ Club” will be held on Sunday, March 9th and is proudly co-presented by Animation Breakdown, as one of their monthly animation showcases at The Cinefamily (611 N. Fairfax Ave). Doors open at 6:30 pm with the panel presentation beginning at 7:00 pm PST. The panel will feature esteemed directors, including Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls, Wander over Yonder), Emily Hubley (The Toe Tactic, Pigeon Within), Yvette Kaplan (Zack & Quack, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead), Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe, Adventure Time) and Lauren MacMullan (Academy Award-nominated Get a Horse, The Simpsons). Moderated by director, storyboard artist, write and voice actor Conrad Vernon (Shrek, Monsters vs. Aliens).

Following the panel, Animation Breakdown will screen a curated selection of animated shorts, past and present, all directed by women. Selections include Lori Damiano’s Lord I: The Records Keeper (2013), Kathy Rose’s Pencil Booklings (1978), Emily Hubley’s Set, Set, Spike! (2002), Faith Hubley’s Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2002), the world premiere of Amy Ketchum’s Two Ghosts (2014) and more. Afterward, there will be a reception sponsored by Six Points Harness and Mondo Media. WIA’s “Directors’ Club” event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased directly through Cinefamily’s website. WIA members will be able to purchase tickets at a discount.

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Women in Animation to Meet During Kidscreen Summit 2014 http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-meet-kidscreen-summit-2014/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-meet-kidscreen-summit-2014/#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:01:17 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=45777 This year will mark the newly-relaunched Women in Animation’s 20th anniversary, and the non-profit organization for women in the animation industry plans to help celebrate the occasion by organizing their first NYC event and membership drive on February 11th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm during this year’s Kidscreen Summit. The event will be held […]

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This year will mark the newly-relaunched Women in Animation’s 20th anniversary, and the non-profit organization for women in the animation industry plans to help celebrate the occasion by organizing their first NYC event and membership drive on February 11th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm during this year’s Kidscreen Summit.

The event will be held at the restaurant Iguana, 40 West 54th Street (between 8th Avenue and Broadway), and is open to women and men who are interested in learning more about WIA and joining the organization. The event will be attended by WIA’s Co-presidents Kristy Scanlan and Marge Dean, as well as Chair of Chapter Support Jinko Gotoh.

The event will feature discussions about WIA’s vision to foster an environment in which which women share fully in the creation, production and rewards of animation, resulting in richer and more diverse entertainment and media that move our culture forward. They will also discuss the organizations goal to engage WIA members through a variety of online and offline events, small collegial gatherings and large networking events in an effort to create new opportunities of connection and inspiration; and to inspire women to excel in the animation industry by encouraging artistic excellence through WIA awards and by educating its members about technology advances and career growth in continuing education classes.

The first 100 attendees to arrive will receive a copy of the Dr. Seuss DVD Cat in the Hat – Hurray It’s Valentine’s Day, courtesy of NCircle Entertainment. A free digital subscription to Animation Magazine will be available to everyone who attends the party! The onsite raffle will include prizes such as a private tour for two of The Jim Henson Company’s New York-based studio.

Please RSVP for the event by Friday, February 7 at http://whoozin.com/WUU-MMW-XXYW. To learn more about Women In Animation, please visit www.womeninanimation.org.

WIA

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Women in Animation to Present Frozen: an Evening with the Filmmakers on Jan 14 http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-present-frozen-evening-filmmakers-jan-14/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-present-frozen-evening-filmmakers-jan-14/#respond Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:00:28 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=45152 The professional non-profit organization for women in the animation industry, Women in Animation (WIA), will be kicking off their 20th year with help from Walt Disney Animation Studios via their first 2014 event, “Frozen: An Evening with the Filmmakers.” Frozen: An Evening with the Filmmakers will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 5:30 pm […]

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The professional non-profit organization for women in the animation industry, Women in Animation (WIA), will be kicking off their 20th year with help from Walt Disney Animation Studios via their first 2014 event, “Frozen: An Evening with the Filmmakers.”

Frozen: An Evening with the Filmmakers will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 5:30 pm with pre-show mixer and presentation from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Main Theatre on the Walt Disney Studios Lot, featuring a panel moderated by Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Head of Creative Affairs Maggie Malone with filmmakers, including Director Jennifer Lee; Assistant Art Director Lisa Keene; Animation Supervisor Becky Bresee; Look Supervisor Michelle Robinson, Production Supervisor Jessica Julius; Associate Producer Aimee Scribner; and Visual Development Artist Brittney Lee.

The event will be open to WIA members, and non-members who want to join the event (and future ones, as there are many more events scheduled for 2014) are encouraged to join WIA in order to receive an invitation.

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Source: WIA (via AWN.com)

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Women in Animation Relaunches Under New Leadership http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-relaunches-leadership/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/women-animation-relaunches-leadership/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:00:18 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=43498 The professional non-profit organization for women in the animation industry, Women in Animation (WIA), will be celebrating its 20th year in 2014 and has just been relaunched under new executive leadership: Director of Production for Mattel’s newly formed Playground Productions, Margaret Dean, and Technicolor’s Vice President of Business Development, Animation & Games, Kristy Scanlan were […]

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Women in Animation Relaunches Under New Leadership

The professional non-profit organization for women in the animation industry, Women in Animation (WIA), will be celebrating its 20th year in 2014 and has just been relaunched under new executive leadership: Director of Production for Mattel’s newly formed Playground Productions, Margaret Dean, and Technicolor’s Vice President of Business Development, Animation & Games, Kristy Scanlan were elected as Co-Presidents of the organization.

As co-presidents, both Dean and Scanlan will be in charge of leading the restructured organization, communicating the organization’s current role and future vision to its members worldwide. Encompassing women from all aspects of the animation industry, WIA envisions a world in which women share fully in the creation, production and rewards of animation, resulting in richer and more diverse entertainment and media that move our culture forward. Retiring Co-Presidents Rita Street and Jan Nagel will continue to support WIA as members of the Advisory Committee.

“It is our goal to engage WIA members through a variety of online and offline events, small collegial gatherings and large networking events in an effort to create new opportunities of connection and inspiration. We understand how broad the animation market is today from games to web to the traditional film mediums,” Scanlan and Dean jointly stated. “The organization also looks to inspire women to excel in the animation industry by encouraging artistic excellence through WIA awards and by educating its members about technology advances and career growth in continuing education classes.” They added, “WIA advocates for women in animation in an effort to improve access to opportunities; foster new talent by offering scholarships and mentorships to students; and pays tribute to the female pioneers of animation.”

For more information on Women in Animation, visit www.womeninanimation.org

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