by AJ Adejare
(Via LA Times)
The Los Angeles Times recently delved into the expansion of women enrolling into animation in college. They note that in between blind admissions, the surge of women going into colleges and the internet allowing for more visibility of artists, women entering into animation has increased. With that said, cautious optimism should be the approach when looking at the numbers. Maureen Furniss, an animation historian said “We can’t generalize, but — and this is true of live action and gaming too — it’s still dominated by men….It’s starting to change, but not that much.” when talking to the LA Times about the issue.
We need this diversity for animation. Shows such as Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe are good examples of women leading the animation and having great results. The issue will be, as “Brave” co-director Brenda Chapman noted the shrinking jobs market for animation. While the internet can provide a great way for people to team up, and produce it takes a lot more to get notices and if the jobs that could lead up to these team ups aren’t here, it’s going to be a rough ride for animation everywhere.
VIa LA Times