Already an accomplished animator in her early 20s, Bevin Carnes has found herself in Los Angeles working with with Disney/Pixar and Fox Animation Studios, on animation productions such as Bolt and Ice Age 3.
The work she is most proud of, however, is a Student Academy Award-winning film titled “A Leg Up,” her senior project at the renowned Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. As Bevin describes in the video, the computer animation short – an inspirational tale of a robot overcoming a lost limb -- has been shown in festivals around the world, promoted by UNICEF and used to inspire disabled children, most recently after the Haiti earthquake.
Bevin currently resides in Burbank, California. As charming as Burbank is, I enticed her to spend a morning on the beach in Santa Monica. It was a rare May morning in that the obligatory ocean haze had burned off early, creating a bright background for an animator who herself is most animated.
I had been referred to Bevin as a young artist who has a surprisingly strong grasp of the importance of her rights, in particular in the online world. I generally don’t expect artists to have given too much thought to their rights under copyright law; after all, one assumes they’re putting all of their creative energies into their art. But Bevin indeed is quite articulate on the subject of her rights. It’s clear she’s given a lot of thought to the subject, and had a lot to share.
Bevin also shared a bit about a disability she had at an early age, a disability that helped inspire her in the creation of “A Leg Up,” and which she reveals has inspired her as an artist to wish to give to others. I would argue she’s already given a pretty generous amount, and her career is still young.