Brave New World: Where Does Experimental Animation Belong?

By Vanessa B. Cruz.

Published by The Design Collection

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The process is one of gathering traditionally shot footage, then reducing it to the single element of the still. Then drawing and painting atop this still, only to re- capture it to sequence it back to footage. So should this a series of drawings and paintings that just happen to viewed sequentially, be viewed in a theater even though it isn’t intended to the mass audience, or should it be observed in a museum or gallery with its cousins of like subject matter. This paper discusses the process of the creations of two films: Eve as a Young Girl, a mixed media, animated film, and Icarus, an experimental video and animation film. And the quandary of what venues work of this nature should be utilized.

Keywords: Film, Experimental, Animation, Mixed Media, Multimedia

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.259-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.138MB).

Prof. Vanessa B. Cruz

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media, Art and Design, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Vanessa B. Cruz attended The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, where she earned her MFA in Experimental Animation a year early and holds a BFA in Film/ Video/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2005 she joined the University of North Florida faculty after working in the animation industry for over ten years. She has worked for such studios as 20th Century Fox Television Animation, Film Roman, as well as created her own independent films. Her films have been shown internationally and she’s won awards at the Ottawa International Film Festival and Oslo Animation Festival. Ms. Cruz was also curator for screenings at the REDCAT in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art, as well as the Japanese American National Museum. She has also received the 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida, and in 2009 the UNF Summer Scholarship grant, which will help fund her two films, “Icarus” and “Eve as a Young Girl” which are in production.


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