My work addresses the importance of self-identity within the Black culture of the United States of America through the depiction of an African American boy who must look into himself to overcome a difficult bullying situation. Animation as a medium is an ideal tool for interrogating the Western perspective of identity through cinematic storytelling. Using established animation methods, I created a visual narrative to portray the impact self-identity has on an individual's actions in certain social conditions. The film expands the medium of animation to subvert the narrative expectations of bullying and presents the idea of identity as a nonconforming concept. Making use of animation as a tool to analyze identity presents the notion that cinematic storytelling makes a cultural change.
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Animation and Visual Effects Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Barnes, Dana, "Afrofuturism in Animation: Self Identity of African Americans in Cinematic Storytelling" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 14.