The Line is an animated fairy tale for adults, meant to ask the age-old question of “who am I?” through the lens of its main character, Espe, a child born with skin made of mirror.

With this thesis, I wanted to delve deeper into my understanding of the themes of individuality, freedom of thought, fragility of ego and the unreliability of ‘truth’, as seen through the eyes of a child. The idea for this story was simple enough: What would happen if somebody was born made out of mirror? And what if that mirror were to look at itself? Though Espe’s situation was quite special, it was not too far removed from our current reality. In essence, all humans carry metaphorical mirrors inside of themselves. Often times when we talk to each other, we give our opinions based on our own experiences, not taking into consideration the other person’s feelings or situation at all. We create mirrors out of them, seeing only ourselves. This is common occurrence I often see with peers who receive advice from colleagues, friends and family. However well-intentioned those comments may be, they seldom remember that each person is their own unique world with their own personal goals and aspirations. We have to find a balance between being true to ourselves and heeding other’s advice. Ultimately, your life is your own, and only you can answer for yourself this question.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Identity (Psychology)--Drama; Self--Drama

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Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

Tom Gasek

Advisor/Committee Member

Dave Sluberski


RIT – Main Campus

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