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Director of "Flatland: the Movie" visits Baylor

Dano Johnson

"Flatland: the Movie" with Animator/Director Dano Johnson

Thursday, September 27, 2007

[See the September 28, 2007 Baylor Lariat article on Dano's visit by clicking here]

Dano Johnson, award-winning director and animator, will be visiting Baylor University on Thursday, September 27 for the premiere showing of his latest work Flatland: the Movie. The premiere will be held in the Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business building at 4:30pm. Everyone is welcome!

"I had an opportunity to meet Dano after the movie was shown at MathFest in San Jose in early August." says Dr. Lance Littlejohn, chair of the Department of Mathematics, "He is a very bright and talented artist and I am certain that the Baylor and Waco communities will enjoy the movie and opportunity to meet and talk with him."

This animated version of Edwin Abbott's 1884 classic, "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions", stars Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, Tony Hale, and Joe Estevez. The movie was produced by Seth Caplan; Dano co-directed the film with Jeffrey Travis and he also is the animator for the film. The story revolves around two-dimensional characters, Arthur Square and his curious granddaughter, Hex. They soon discover that there is much more to their planar life - namely three-dimensional Spaceland and beyond and this discovery leads them into serious trouble with the evil rulers of their two-dimensional world. The story is about the quest for truth and, even after 120 years, it remains a timeless satire.

Dano began his multi-media career at the University of Texas at Austin's Student Television Station. He volunteered on numerous shows and produced two of his own, learning every process from writing to post-production. This invaluable education led him to produce 'Captain Can Takes on Garbage', an award -winning educational video made for Austin's recycling program. Dano also completed a summer internship at Sesame Workshop in NYC in 2000, fulfilling a lifelong dream and helping executives in the Creative Development department. After graduating in 2001 from the University of Texas, he developed educational content at Ignite! Learning, creating hours of multi-media for middle-schoolers. In 2004 Dano created a new production company with Troy Campbell called Collection Agency Films and began developing animated content for a variety of clients. His web cartoon ads for Kinky Friedman earned a Telly advertising award, while his short film 'Tall Tales & Other Big Lies' won runner-up for best animation at SXSW 2006. His music video for the New York Dolls song "Dance Like a Monkey" won best music video at the 2006 Bradford Animation Festival. His short animated films with long-time collaborator Tate English have won the First Sundays Judge's Award (December 2003) and both the 2003 and 2004 Austin Film Festival Trailer Competitions.

For further information, please contact Lance Littlejohn at Lance_Littlejohn@baylor.edu or by telephone at 710-3165.