Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Yvonne McElroy 

BA [Hons] Animation

I'm a Monaghan/Dublin- based artist and animator, specialising in storyboarding. I love that this role offers a unique mix of creativity and problem-solving. I also really enjoy visual storytelling, it gives me the opportunity to play a key role in shaping the narrative and bringing ideas to life.

Storyboarding Specialist

For my final year project, I chose to specialise in storyboarding. Initially, I worked as the storyboard artist for two student films. However, as the year progressed, I shifted my focus towards self-directed projects, aiming to enhance my skills and create a diverse body of work showcasing my abilities for my portfolio.

Howard Hawks: Redefining gender dynamics in the 'Hawksian' Universe

My thesis investigates the representation of masculinity and femininity in Howard Hawks' films, focusing on three important works across three genres of film: Screwball Comedy: "Bringing Up Baby"(1938), Film Noir: "The Big Sleep"(1946), and Western: "Red River"(1948). Hawks' characters, David Huxley and Susan Vance, provide a humorous and unconventional portrayal of gender dynamics in "Bringing Up Baby". In “The Big Sleep”, gender dynamics are explored through the interactions of private detective Philip Marlowe with various female characters, namely his romantic relationship with Vivian Rutledge. In "Red River," Hawks delves into themes of masculinity set against the historical context of the American frontier. By examining these three films, this thesis seeks to provide a thorough understanding of Howard Hawks' multifaceted approach to gender representation in classic Hollywood cinema.