By the time Joan Gratz joined the Will Vinton Studio, she had already begun making 2D claypainted animation, a technique she used on the short film The Creation, which was nominated for an Oscar.
You can also see her claypainting in some scenes in The Adventures of Mark Twain.
Here’s Joan taking a dance break with her fellow geniuses at Will Vinton Studios (Will in the plaid shirt). That’s Joan, bringing up the rear. Now she has her own studio.
Ten years later she would be nominated again for an Oscar for Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase (1992). This time, she would win.
I hereby claim The Creation as an Oregon film, based on the contribution of director Joan Gratz.
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