This paper describes the entire thought process, the work and journey behind the completion of my Thesis Film titled “PURGED”. This film was animated in 3D and created over the course of four semesters. Purged is a thrilling short animated film about a couple’s escape from death. The film mainly revolves around a couple; namely the white king and queen, and how death; the black pieces of a chessboard enact out the game as if it’s happening in real life until the big reveal at the end of it merely being a game of chess.

The film is centered around the theme of sacrifice. The Oxford dictionary defines the word sacrifice as an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy. It defines the same word in terms of chess as a move intended to allow the opponent to win a pawn or piece, for strategic or tactical reasons. The film is thrilling amalgamation of these two concepts. On one hand, it shows the sacrifice in love whereas on the other hand it shows strategic sacrifices of pieces in order to win the game.

Through this three minute animated short film I learned a lot about the value of sacrifice and how our life is full of them. The various obstacles faced during the creation of this thesis not only helped make me a better artist.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Sacrifice--Drama

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Imaging Arts (MFA)

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School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Mark J. Reisch

Advisor/Committee Member

Mari Jaye Blanchard

Advisor/Committee Member

Thomas Gasek


RIT – Main Campus

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