Women in Animation invites members and non-members to attend an invigorating discussion with film biz veteran Lindsay Doran on “The Quagmire of the Female Character.” Taking place Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Sony Pictures Animation’s Harryhausen Theater, the event will address the shifting roles of female characters in animated movies, what makes a good heroine, and what it means for them to send right or wrong messages.
The announcement reads:
“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?”
Lindsay Doran has worked in movies for over 30 years as a studio executive and producer. She has served as President and COO of United Artists and as President of Mirage Productions. Currently, Doran divides her time between producing and her work as “The Script Whisperer” providing in-demand consultation for high priority script development. Her producer credits include Sense and Sensibility (for which Doran won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards), Nanny McPhee and Stranger than Fiction.
The event is free for WIA members (plus one guest) and $15 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m. — seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Members must include guests’ full names when RSVPing.