Dana Boadway Masson
Owner/Director, Killerjellybean Animation
Film: The Wild, Everyone’s Hero, Chicago 10, Shallow Ground, Alpha & Omega, Rescue Heroes: The Movie, Café du Destin
Short: The Little Painter, Flat Frog, The Café (writer/director), Character Animation for a fine art installation by Jordan Wolfson
Video: Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun and William Joyce’s Rolie Polie Olie: The Baby Bot Case
Television: The Santa Claus Brothers, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids, The Backyardigans and Independent Lens
Game: Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST
Commercials: Chuck E Cheese, Geico Gecko
Did You Know?
The longest single shot of animation I’ve ever done was for my most recent work this past year for fine artist Jordan Wolfson. It was a full-body dance scene, all in one camera, at 2000+ frames! The second-longest shot was also for his installation – a mere 1100+ frames. Talk about needing to be organized and clean in your work!!
What Dana’s Students are Saying
Dana is a very helpful mentor who encourages me to look and think about my shots differently than my prior mentors. She pushes performance within the confines of body mechanics, ultimately building the character from the inside-out without neglecting the intent of this course. Dana also encourages exploration in terms of style and exaggeration, often showing ways to add flair to our projects within our Q&As. She is very good about responding to questions outside of class as well.
I think since I started in Animation Mentor, this is the best class that I have ever have. I love the methodology. Dana does a lot of demos, and show us good examples of how to improve our animations, which is really helpful in our process. Also, the feedback that she gives about our shots is very complete. I’m improving a lot, that’s why I’m going to take my next class with her.
I think Dana is a wonderful mentor who cares about her students. Her Q&As are incredibly helpful and she even goes overtime in class to answer additional questions, so very often we get more than an hour which is very appreciated.