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Animation Expert - Deanna Morse

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Deanna Morse’s accomplishments in the field of animation, art and media are admirable. I was fortunate to interview her via telephone, and she is personable, thoughtful, and gracious. It is fair to say she deserves all the professional success she earned.

Deanna Morse is a well-known expert in the field of animation for over 35 years. She is a pioneer in computer animation. She produced over 40 award winning short films, and she received numerous art awards. Deanna’s animations were compiled in a DVD, “Move Click Move”, in 2001. “Move Click Move” was distributed internationally, and she won several awards for design for “Move Click Move.” She created animation shorts for, long time children’s education program, Sesame Street, which aired globally. Deanna work also appears in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Deanna Morse’s Sesame Street animations are skillfully composed. In the animation “Dogs” for Sesame Street, the transitions are fluid and engaging. Morse’s “Dogs” and “Night Sounds” animations, as well as a host of her various animations, can be found on her YouTube page:

Deanna is proof that a quality education and determination lead to success. Deanna earned her B.S. in Distributed Studies: Film, Photography, and Art at Iowa State University. Then she earned a M.F.A. in Art and Technology from the Art Institute of Chicago. Finally, she earned her M.A. in Film and Teaching from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Deanna retired from Grand Valley University where she served as a professor in the School of Communications.

Deanna Morse is definitely determined; she is a self-taught animation artist. She became interested in animation after she analyzed a film clip of the Pillsbury Dough Boy for a college course. The movement in the film inspired her, and she wanted to learn how to animate. Deanna researched animation techniques and taught herself to animate.

Deanna contributes to the world beyond her creative feats; she is an educator, and she gives back to the community. She is the former Vice President of ASIFA (l'Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) and the current director of special projects. ASIFA is an organization that unites animation lovers globally. It is an organization, which allows people interested in animation to network and share their work with liked minded people. ASIFA Central mission statement follows:

The purpose of ASIFA Central is to promote the art of animation locally and internationally and to promote communication among animators and devotees (

ASIFA Central’s mission statement is inspiring, and the board members actively live up to it. ASIFA is an ideal organization for those pursuing a career in animation. I encourage you to visit the ASIFA Central website if you are interested in joining. The ASIFA website follows:

Deanna Morse’s links:

Please visit Deanna Morse's links listed above to learn more about her. As always, I appreciate your comments, thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. If you like this article, please subscribe for updates.


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