Friendship is not always magical, as the protagonists learn in "The Miss-Adventures of Molly & Sage." In this buddy-comedy set in a magical fantasy world, the titular characters are two teenage girls who go on epic quests and cause mischief. Many aspects of the story went through changes during the production of this hand-drawn animated short film. However, the main characters and their chaotic friendship remained consistent throughout the animation process. While developing this film, I noticed that my peers responded positively when I referenced my Ashkenazi Jewish heritage in various story elements. The film's artistic style was heavily inspired by early 20th-century Russian artist Ivan Bilibin, who illustrated Eastern European folktales and fairytales. I also studied the work of other Art Nouveau-inspired artists, such as Charles Vess, with the goal of creating a 2D animated film with a youthful storybook feeling. As the film became more personal, it also became more engaging and emotional. This film has allowed me to examine my own beliefs about friendship, reflect on my Jewish identity in the context of animation and fantasy, and take audiences on a haphazard adventure in a world of magic and monsters.
"The Miss-Adventures of Molly & Sage" can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/421744704 using "missadventures2023" as the password.
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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)
Shrage, Nathaniel, "Miss-Adventures: Fantasy and Friendship in the Context of Animation" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1658.