Women In Animation Chicago Chapter

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Women's Portrayl in Film and TV

There's an interesting article on AWN about the portrayal of women in tv and movies. Gender In Media: Females Don’t Rule Please take the time and read it. If not, at least read the quotes below-

"Historically, there are multiple reasons why female lead characters are less abundant than males in the television, film, and animation industries. Male writers and/or creative talent were the predominant architects in the building of the animation industry; and, as many writers do, they wrote from the perspective they knew, observes Helppie...."

"'And as more female executives came to the forefront with the power to greenlight productions or oversee creative storylines, stronger female identities and less stereotypic portrayals were encouraged. The networks and children's broadcasters also pushed to have more engaging, leadership-driven, and less stereotypic, female roles in their programming.'"

After giving sad figures on the lack of women in the industry, Dr. Smith adds, "Maybe the answer is that for change to occur even more women are needed in the creative process where key decision-making occurs at the pitch and story development level...."

author- Jane Nagel

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Animation Show

The Animation Show is in Chicago this weekend (at the Music Box) and Bill Plympton will be there tonight.

"THE ANIMATION SHOW is back with an all new collection of incredible independent animation! This year MIKE JUDGE has gathered together over two dozen of his favorite funny short films from around the world. It's a ground breaking program of eye-popping adult animation from tomorrow's next great animators. Friday, May 23rd marks the all new ANIMATION SHOW 4 kick's off at the Music Box Theatre with special guest BILL PLYMPTON in attendance! The Animation Show crew will be on-hand for preshow fun with give-aways and VJ set by animator Run Wrake. After the show Plympton will discuss his new short "Hot Dog.'"


Memorial Day Figure Drawing Marathon!

Memorial Day Model Marathon
Monday, May 26th, 2008
7 am – 7 pm

12 hours of models in multiple studios for quick sketch drawing. Lunch and refreshments are included. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. No need to pre-register.

"Identify the famous artists in the link below, and move to the front of the line at the BBQ grill."


The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
1012 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-4149

Friday, May 16, 2008

Women Animator at the Cannes Film Festival

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that I am at the Cannes Film Festival! I have been talking up "the 3 artists" and I even meet some people from WIA-LA. I hope you all have a wonderful summer, I will be at Nickelodeon! But I will keep in touch through the blog! See you all soon, hopefully! Also if we are not friends on facebook, please friend me, I will be keeping in touch through there also. Good luck to all of you! -Jennifer Nelson

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sketch Crawl and Meeting

Mark your calanders- Sat, June 14th at 1:00 will be the first sketchcrawl of the year. We're meeting at Millinium Park on the lawn of the Jay P. Pavilion. (the big band shell) The first 15 minutes will be our official meeting. So, please come with any ideas as to what you want WIA to do this year. We are working on scheduling guest speakers, but if there's anything else you are interested in doing, please let us know at the meeting. Thanks. See you then!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sketch Crawl in works

Check back soon for the next sketchcrawl date!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

WMS Open House

WMS Networking Evening

WMS would like to invite you to its Networking Evening May 5th. This evening will provide the opportunity to tour the WMS facilities and network with your colleagues.

We will have industry professionals onsite from the following groups:

Software Engineering
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Game Development
Product Assurance
Project Management
Research & Development

Registration is not required; however we would like to confirm with you the group you will meet prior to the evening. If you know in advance that you are attending please respond to mflanagan@wms.com

We look forward to showing you WMS and discussing current trends in the industry with you over refreshments.

Please feel free to pass this information to other industry professionals who might like to join us.

Looking forward to meeting you,

Event Details

Monday May 5th

WMS 3401 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618