Inkling is an animated short film about a creature made of ink falling into a cycle of anxiety. This film explores the use of visual effects in character design. Inspiration for this film was drawn from Absurdist essays and stories and used abstract imagery and cinematic devices to manipulate the audience into feeling the character's anxiety. This thesis briefly examines the foundation of methods pioneered by visual effect artists. To produce this short film, critical decisions in software and animation were made to streamline the process to allow more time to focus on creating a method for the visual effect of the character. Inkling is a culmination of different simulation methods, pipeline processes, and research methods to create a character made of fluids.
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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
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Cooper, Joshua, "Inkling: An Exploration of Visual Effects as a Character" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1541.