Storm is an animated short film that follows a family of Florida Sandhill Cranes. The family experiences a storm that destroys their nest and separates them from their smallest chick. The reunion of the cranes, at the end of the film, symbolizes that the sense of home consists of the members of the family, and not the physical place. The film combines digital two-dimensional (2D) animation with traditional paint on glass animation to create visual contrast between the cranes and the storm. The stylistic choices that I have made include showcasing paint strokes, going with a lineless and painterly animation style, using colour to highlight emotions, and animal characters that have anthropomorphic expressions. The fluidity of the paint strokes reiterates the naturalistic story of the cranes. Allowing the medium to come through strongly in the final animation is a quality that I strived for in my thesis short film. I want the paint strokes to be a focus, not hidden within the animation.
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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
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Hardin, Kirstin, "Storm: An Exploration of Home Through Painterly Animation" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 875.