Relict is a science fiction 3D animated short film that surrounds a fantasy of future Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China. The short film critically explores three important problems, which are heatedly discussed nowadays in Beijing, of large population, environmental pollution and declination of people’s living standard through a fictional point of view of several Landmark buildings of the metropolis.

These three issues I hope to discuss in this short film are closely related to each other. Firstly, the large population problem is caused by the fact of its greater resources in politics, economy and education as the center and capital city of China. More and more young people seek to settle in Beijing for splendid development which unavoidably leads to the problems of cheaper labor, higher pressure and the rising of the housing prices and causes living standard going constantly down in Beijing. The great air pollution is mainly caused by large number of automobile exhaust and coal heating in winter which is also closely related with overpopulated problem.

The author of the thesis made this short film to arouse his audience's reflection on these issues through modeling and rendering by 3D technology, using realistic visual style and science fiction story setting. The duration of the short film is 2 minutes and 20 seconds. This thesis would faithfully record the creative thinking and film production process of this animated short film.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Short films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Beijing (China)--Social conditions--Drama; Beijing (China)--Environmental conditions--Drama; Science fiction films

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Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

Mike Strobert


RIT – Main Campus

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