2009 – Visiting Artist UCONN Ballard Institute of Puppetry
2007, 2008 - Adjunct Professor - Experimental Animation , Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winstead, CT
2005 - Present - Advertising Director - Bob's Discount Furniture - 40 store furniture chain headquartered in the Northeastern US.
2005 - Present - Michael Bannon Productions, LLC. - Stop Motion and Computer Generated Animation Company
1997- 2005 – Owned and operated Wreckless Abandon Studios, an award-winning stop-frame and digital animation studio located near Hartford, Connecticut.
Executive Vice President & Creative Director, Wreckless Abandon Studios.
Responsible for creative direction of the studio for nine years, producing commercials, animated series, and shorts, culminating in directing a team of 60+ artists and production staff in the creation of a stop motion preschool series for Mattel/Fisher-Price.
Fisher-Price “Little People” Series- Responsible for overall creative look (and feel) of “Little People” series, includingfloor direction, supervision of preproduction, art direction, story development, storyboards and animatics, reporting directly to Mattel Entertainment. Oversaw all aspects of post-production including compositing and editing. Pioneered/developed ground-breaking systems for digital still camera acquisition and post-production compositing of lip-synched mouths on stop motion puppets.
"A Freezerburnt Christmas" A half-hour clay animation primetime (NBC) special - Writer, Director, Art Director.
“The Gift of the Little People” Half-hour clay animation special - Writer, Director, Art Director.
“Rudolph Excursion” CBS Late Show with David Letterman, Director, Art Director.
"Vultureville" Development production for a teen series.
"The Curse of Somberville" Development production for a Halloween special.
"Santa and the Sorcerer" Development production for a one-hour Christmas special.
"Listen to Your Mother" Development production for comedy series.
Lisa Loeb Clay animated segment for music video.
LEGO's "The Wheelersville Moo Cow Mystery" Stop motion and CGI inspirational video.
LEGO's"The Big Nana Bird" Stop motion inspirational video.
LEGO's“Just Imagine" Stop motion and CGI preschool educational video
"Davey & Goliath" Goliath helps Davey understand the meaning of Baptism.
Commercial Production Credits:
Over 100 commercial animation and production credits, including:
“Davey” Mountain Dew : 30 Spot (stop motion) BBDO/NY, Director, winner AICP Award, (Permanent Collection: Museum of Modern Art/NY)
“Snowman”Sierra Mist : 30 Spot (stop motion) BBDO/NY, Director, Art Director
“Danimals” Dannon Yogurt , Young & Rubicam/NY, Clay animated Clifford Big Red Dog Sponsorship Promo
“Davey & Goliath Interview” :60 spot BBDO/NY, Director, Art Director
" Titleist - Serious Clubs for Serious Golfers" animated TV bumper - Arnold Worldwide
" Titleist - #1 Ball in Golf " animatedTV bumper - Arnold Worldwide
" FootJoy - Shoe " animatedTV bumper - Arnold Worldwide
“Gillette Little Pig” A humorously fresh look at shaving
“Get Milk” A Film Noir look at the other side of the Cookies and Milk relationship
“Little People - Small Hands” Clay Animated spot, Fisher-Price, Young & Rubicam/NY
“Little People- Airport & International” Two clay animated spots, Fisher-Price, Young & Rubicam/NY
“Imaginext” CGI components of live action/CGI spot - Fisher-Price/ Young & Rubicam/NY
Talbots: Two :15 Cell animation spots – Arnold Worldwide
Talbots Two :15 Stop Motion Animated Clothing Spots – Arnold Worldwide
“Verizon/Wireless Zone” Two : 30 stop motion animated spots
Sony Music Entertainment Series of six stop motion spots for Sony Music Entertainment
“Imaginext” CGI Animation for Fisher-Price, Young & Rubicam/NY
NBC Today Show Promos (Clay Animation) Wrote and directed Animated Holiday Promos.
Speaking Engagements / Seminars:
In demand to speak and write, as an industry authority in digital and stop-frame animation.
“Stop Motion Puppetry” Exhibitor and Guest Lecturer – ballard Museum Of Puppetry, UCONN
“ Casting and Mold Making Workshop” Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Young Guns Seminar – Young & Rubicam/NY (Featured speaker/panelist at annual directors seminar)
“Marketing with Dimensional Animation” Seminar / Workshop Gray/NY(Conducted hands-on seminar)
“Marketing with Dimensional Animation” Seminar /Workshop Bates/ NY(conducted hands-on seminar)
“Marketing with Dimensional Animation” Seminar & Workshop DDB/NY(Conducted hands-on seminar)
Scholastic Art Achievement Awards - Keynote Speaker
State of Connecticut DMR Art Awards Show - Featured Speaker
“The Art of Stop Motion Animation” - Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford
“Telling Stories with Stop Motion Animation” - McGraw-Hill Publishing
“Animation, Computers & Classical Art Training” Plymouth State University
“Impact of Computers on Stop Motion Animation” Western Connecticut State University
“Art and Computer Animation” Northwestern Connecticut Community College
“Art, Art History and The Art Of Stop Motion Animation” University of Connecticut
Education: 1980 BA Sculpture, Art History & Printmaking. (Honors)
1980-1990: Vantage Point Video Productions, Industrial & Commercial Production, directing, shooting & editing.
1990-1996: Owned and operated Atlantic Media Services, Providing animated graphics, shooting and editing services for clients, including CNN Political and Science Bureaus, along with documentary and commercial production services, CGI, clay and stop motion animated elements for broadcast spots.
During my tenure at Wreckless Abandon Studios, in addition to training and directing stop motion animators, I also garnered expertise in a variety of related skills including: Writing, Creative, Editing, Lighting, Camera Operation, Digital Acquisition, Digital Compositing and Large Format Photography.
Having run a world-class animation Studio for nine years, I put a premium on that rare combination of intellect, work ethic and experience, if you do too, I should be hearing from you soon.