Dakota Bragdon is a film student currently attending Western Kentucky University. He will be graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Studio Art.
He has interest in animation and film history, specifically, with Russia animation movement from the 1930’s up to the 1970’s, when artists from the Soviet Union pushed boundaries to break from the traditional standard “Disney model”. Particular role models include Yuriy Norstien, Andrei Kharzhanovsky, and Jiri Trnka, who helped pave the way for modern animation in Eastern Europe and around the globe. In terms of American animation, he has found inspiration in the work of Ward Kimball, a long time Disney animator who worked on such films as “The Three Caballeros”, “Peter Pan”, “Bambi”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and “Babes in Toyland”, among others. Ward is specifically known for his expression work and his greatest showcase of this, is perhaps in “The Three Caballeros”, during the title song.
A firm believer in human rights, with a particular interest in the Sudanese conflicts that plague both Sudan and its southern neighbor, South Sudan, he has taken steps to raise awareness on the subject through the use of social media and various academic papers.