Global professional organisation Women In Animation is hosting “The Quagmire of the Female Character” on Thursday, June 2 at Sony Pictures Animation in Culver City, CA. The event will be led by Lindsay Doran, who has over 30 years of experience as a studio executive and producer.
Once upon a time, almost all of the protagonists in animated movies were male (with various professions) or princesses (with no apparent profession at all). Then everyone woke up and decided it wasn’t a good idea for our female characters to be so passive, so the princesses turned into warrior princesses or sometimes into just warriors. Whatever the boys were doing in an animated movie, the girls had to do it too. Only better.
But – What if girls really like princesses? And love stories? Is that so wrong? Is it OK for our female characters to cry once in a while, or is that sending the wrong message? And is it a better message if the girl characters are just as good at fighting as the boys?
“The Quagmire of the Female Character” will examine these issues and more in what is being offered not as a lecture, but as a conversation.
Doran has served as the President and COO of United ArtistsPictures and as the President of Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions. She currently divides her time between her producing duties and her work as “The Script Whisperer®” – story consultation for studios on high priority script development. Lindsay’s first film credit was as Executive in Charge of Production on the mock-documentary This is Spinal Tap. As a producer, her credits include Dead Again, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, and Stranger Than Fiction. She is currently developing a live action movie about a shepherd who’s murdered and the sheep who solve the crime, written by Craig Mazin and to be directed by Scott Frank
As an executive, Lindsay worked on dozens of films including The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Naked Gun, Pet Sematary, Ghost,The Thomas Crown Affair, and two James Bond films – The World is Not Enough and Tomorrow Never Dies.
She is an Oscar nominee and the winner of numerous awards including the Golden Globe Best Picture award and the British Academy Award for Best Film, both for Sense and Sensibility. More recently she received the Pioneer Award from the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center for “igniting a movement toward Positive Film.”
“The Quagmire of the Female Character”
Thursday June 2, 2016
Doors open at 7:00 PM | Presentation starts at 7:30
Sony Pictures Animation
9050 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232.
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Cost: Free for WIA Members +1 guest | $15 for Non Members
Attendees should arrive early as seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating. Members must provide guest's full name when registering as it will be required at Sony's entrance. Guest substitutions cannot be made.