My guest today is the exceptionally talented Artist, Animator, Director, Professor, and Writer Nancy Beiman.
Nancy Beiman hails from New Jersey, she likes to travel and owns a cat named Gizmo! She wasn’t the first woman to work at the Disney Studio. There were many women before her who worked on Disney films. But Nancy has earned the distinction of being the second female animator to be credited on a Disney film. She has taught animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, and taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Film & Animation until 2008. She now teaches at Sheridan Institute’s Animation department in Canada.
Nancy was offered a scholarship to be part of the inaugural class of the Character Animation program at CalArts straight out high school. Her classmates included John Lasseter, Jerry Rees, John Musker, Tim Burton, and Brad Bird. Nancy was the first woman to graduate from the CalArts Character Animation Program. After CalArts, She went to work at Jack Zander’s Animation Parlour in New York. She has animated Bugs and Donald, Snoopy and Goofy, friends of Fievel Mouse and Mickey Mouse, and Don Martin cartoons! She worked with Chuck Jones, Bill Melendez, Gerhard Hahn, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Feature Animation, the Disney Channel, Disney television movies, and Warner Bros.
Nancy Beiman entered an industry that was pretty much a boy’s club. Her raw talent and hard work, combined with an appreciation of tradition, tenacity and courage in the face of adversity served her well.
Here at 9:04 you can see some of Nancy’s wonderful animation on the tragic character Billy Bones from Disney’s Treasure Planet. On a side note, yours truly did some inbetweens for Nancy on a few of these scenes.
She is the author and illustrator of two awesome animation books:
ANIMATED PERFORMANCE: Bringing imaginary animal, human and fantasy characters to life (AVA Press, 2010)
PREPARE TO BOARD! Creating Storyboard and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts (Focal Press, 2007)
Here are some of her cartoonist influences.
Check out this incredible blog post full of Osborn’s cartoons! Friggin’ fantastic!
Check out his awesome cartoon Feed the Kitty
At Bill’s studio Nancy got to work on her favorite character, Snoopy’s brother Spike for the production “It’s the girl in the red truck Charlie Brown.”
When I asked Nancy what character from literature she would most like to bring to life in animation, she said “The Last Unicorn” from a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle and published in 1968.
She also would love to animate The Master and Margarita a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. It is the story of a visit by the Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union and is considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
Nancy really likes Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield. I was totally blown away by the sheer awesomeness of these cartoons! Simon Tofield’s beautifully animated and hysterical series of shorts done in full animation with flash have garnered tens of millions of hits on Youtube!
Be sure to check out Nancy’s Blog The Demon Duck of Doom!
Lastly I’d like to share with you Nancy’s 2010 Holiday Card! Lovely and touching isn’t it?
I would like to thank Nancy for dropping by Man vs. Art and reminding everyone that it’s also Woman vs. Art!
From all of us here at Man vs. Art, we’d like to wish you all a happy new year for 2011!