Cartoons. If you’re “of a certain age” you remember Betty Boop, and Bugs Bunny. Then there’s Gumby, Tintin, Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Mr. Magoo, Scooby Doo — and the list goes on to present day, when Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks are still creating beautiful animation with well-told (though often rehashed) stories. The songs that come with many of the films have a tendency to become deeply embedded in our collective consciousness’s. (Dare we suggest you just, “Let it Go”?)
Beyond animation by the big studios, the art form consistently pops up in marketing, advertising, and web design. New careers are emerging in the field including forensic animation, which is used in court cases, medical procedure animation, biochemistry, and military animation. It’s a broad field.
Lindsay Bane, animation and film history professor at Yavapai College’s Film and Media Arts program, works in commercial applications for animation. She has produced and created animation for one of the top creative agencies in the U.S., TAG Creative, (L’Oreal, Maybelline). Beyond that she wears many other hats (and sometimes a butterfly …). She has her own production company, Banehood, and has been an associate producer for the Academy award-winning production company Cabin Creek Films (Miss Sharon Jones!). But at the center of each part of her life are passion, creativity, and professionalism.
“There’s virtually no story that can’t be told in animation,” Bane said, adding, “Animation evokes a sense of wonder and charm, where anything is possible. This magical quality, combined with a filmmaker’s unique perspective, makes animation an essential storytelling form.”
She’s excited about sharing her skills with students via classes and feels that they “bring a new kind of excitement to their passion for storytelling.” Given a supportive environment, she said, they can “see big ideas come to life.”
By way of schooling, Bane has a master’s degree in film production from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. And, speaking of schooling, Bane is teaching Yavapai College’s new Animation Certificate this fall. Students learn different forms of animation from paper cut-out, stop motion, and digital animation, across 2D and 3D forms.
“I really believe animation can be a powerful experience for film students,” she said.
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Helen Stephenson is the director of the Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program and executive director and founder of the Prescott Film Festival, where her thirst for independent cinema is quenched.