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Wendy Jackson-Hall - 1973-November 14, 2005

Compiled by Demian
Sweet Corn Productions
November 18, 2005

Animator, Puppeteer, ASIFA-NW coordinator,
ASIFA International board member

Wendy Jackson-Hall

Wendy Jackson 32, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, passed away on on Monday, November 14, 2005 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton after a brief period of illness. Wendy worked as an animator, a film maker, a teacher, an author, and a promoter of animation since her graduation from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995.

Wendy was general manager of ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles chapter of ASIFA (International Animated Film Association), where she coordinated events such as the 1995 Annie Awards, and the 1996 Animation Opportunities Expo.

Wendy was part of the early core of AWN and Animation World Magazine, in 1996, when she joined as a sales rep, later advancing to associate editor. In 1999, she wrote about animation for many publications, including the Animation Journal, Animation Magazine, ASIFA News, AWN, the Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Wired Magazine.

During this period, she taught animation production courses at Santa Monica College as well as schools in California and Massachusetts before marrying Porter Hall and moving to Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 2001. She continued to teach, write, animate, and do consultation work for clients such as AtomFilms and Nicktoons. Wendy served on the Ottawa 00 International Jury.

Wendy shared her love of animation with children through her business, Animated Adventures. She taught workshops and served as artist-in-residence in schools throughout the Seattle area, enabling children to create their own animated films.

On Bainbridge Island, Wendy also became known as the “puppet lady,” responsible for creating the Puppets on Parade workshops, at which she inspired community residents of all ages to create art for the 2004 and 2005 Fourth of July parades.

In addition to her work as a teacher and artist, Wendy was the current president of the Pacific NW chapter of ASIFA, a board member of ASIFA International, and a member of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.

Wendy is survived by her husband, Porter Hall of Bainbridge Island, her parents, William and Jane Jackson of Cataumet, Massachusetts, and her brother, Andrew Jackson of Santa Barbara, California, as well as by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 19, 2005, at the Seabold United Methodist Church, on Bainbridge Island.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wendy Jackson Hall Scholarship Fund, c/o Bainbridge Island Community Endowment, 221 Winslow Way West, Box 305, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.