cofounder to be featured speaker

Huntington, Ind.—Tom Bancroft, cofounder of Funnypages Productions, will serve as the speaker for the Huntington University Forester Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2006, in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Tom Bancroft
Bancroft, author of “Creating Characters with Personality,” will present a how-to lecture about animation. He has had extensive experience with designing characters for several feature-length and short films. The public is invited to attend this free lecture.

“I will show how traditional animation exists in a computer animations environment,” Bancroft said. “I will show some visuals, some pieces of animation and talk about the industry in general. Obviously people who are interested in the animation industry should come, but also, anyone who likes cartoons in general is welcome. I won’t get too technical.”

Bancroft grew up drawing comic strips with his brother, and they both entered the California Institute of the Arts in 1988. After landing an internship with the Walt Disney Company, he has since worked on 10 animated feature films, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “Mulan.” He started Funnypages Productions just a few years ago and now lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife and four girls.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  


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