Maureen Furniss, Ph.D. is on staff at the world-renowned California Institute of the Arts, or Cal Arts, in Valencia, California. Dr. Furniss also publishes the scholarly “Animation Journal”, and much much more, like so many of our guests.
Dr. Furniss is one of those key mentors in many animator’s life, someone who’s helped guide them through their early passion for animation. Maureen teaches animation history, theory, and production, at Cal Arts, and by most experts is considered one of the most important scholars in the animation world today. She’s President of the Society for Animation Studies.
Besides being the founding editor of Animation Journal, the cover of one issue is down there on the right, she is the author of a number important books and articles, including, just to name a few, Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics, The Animation Bible: A Practical Guide to the Art of Animating from Flipbooks to Flash, Chuck Jones: Conversations (editor), and “Animation” (2,500 word overview), “Osamu Tezuka,” “Chuck Jones,” “Max Fleischer,” “Jirí Trnka,” and “Hanna-Barbera,” for the Encarta Encyclopedia.
She’s also an Editorial Board Member for The Moving Image (journal of the Society for Moving Image Archivists, published by University of Minnesota Press), and was a Content Expert for a multi-part television series on animation history and aesthetics, green-lighted by The Learning Channel, as well as a consultant for the Library of Congress, Genre Guide Document Update division, invited to formulate categories pertaining to the area of animation.
“A Brief History of Women in Animation,” is an essay she was invited to write, along with a number of people who are well known in the field of animation, for The Complete Guide to Animation and Computer Graphics Schools, edited by Ernest Pintoff, who she met to do the article, “The Personal Side of Ernest Pintoff, Filmmaker,” for the Ottawa 1994 festival program. See a portion of the Violinist storyboard, by Pintoff, in the Flip Board, on the home page
We don’t have enough room for all her many accomplishments, but, let’s wrap this up with some of her grant awards … California Council for the Humanities, Valerie Scudder Award, ASIFA-Hollywood, and a Mary Pickford Scholarship.
This episode is sponsored by The UPA Legacy Project.