The making of art should not be isolated from the idea of its audiences who make the artwork complete. However, it might end up as something insincere if one tries to please their audience too much. When an artist initiates a conversation with an audience, they must not be overwhelmed by the idea of appealing to them. I used this principle throughout the process of making my thesis film, Hold Me, which depicts my experience of coming-out to my mother, and our confrontations afterward. The film traces my life trajectory from my childhood until now, and illustrates how I started to appreciate the love and expectations I received from my mother, and reconciled the conflicts between us. In this work, I applied many different techniques like 2D hand-drawn animation, pixilation and live action footage. By mixing cartoony characters with recordings, personal items, and real-life background, I was able to present my personal world to my audience through both a documentary and fictional lens, and to start a conversation beyond time and space with my audience.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Stop-motion animation films; Coming out (Sexual orientation)--Drama; Mothers and daughters--China--Drama; Bisexual women--China--Drama

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Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

Tom Gasek

Advisor/Committee Member

Mari Jaye Blanchard


RIT – Main Campus

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