My thesis project, entitled The Curse Breaker, is a personal and career venture studying the medium of 2D animation while battling my struggle with cigarette addiction. I researched and applied symbolism and narrative strategies while building an impactful hero narrative. Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces provided insight into the monomyth and hero archetypes. Character and environment designs implemented symbolism as a driving focus of my thesis and fueled the semantic interpretation needed to successfully communicate my struggle with the audience in a non-verbal fashion. The language of cinematography aided in the effectiveness of my thesis film. The use of focal points and transitional wipes helped blend my film cohesively. Understanding the 2D pipeline with the production of my film, my thesis aligns with current industry demand. Large streaming companies have acknowledged this demand and invested heavily in new 2D animated content catering to children and adults.
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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
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Chambless, James, "2D Animation of the 21st Century: The Digital Age" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 986.