ROCKS is a 2D animation thesis film of 6 minutes and 20 seconds and talks about a young woman dealing with difficult memories of her father who is an astronaut and his decision to go away on a long space flight when she was a young girl. The story is about memory, family and making peace with the past, as well as the progress of growing up. The major software used during the entire production process include: Adobe Photoshop, TVPaint, Adobe After Effect and Procreate. It is inspired by some of my own experience as a young girl, and the original idea of this thesis film is to telling a story of my own. However, after going down many other messy and ineffective storytelling roads, I ended up using the technique of montage to structure my narrative. This paper introduces how this film was made and how this famous editing technique made it possible for me to compress a long time span into a short film, telling a complicated story more clearly and creating a much more powerful and empathic turning point in the narrative.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Space flights in motion pictures; Fathers and daughters in motion pictures

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

Dave Sluberski

Advisor/Committee Member

Jonathan Seligson


RIT – Main Campus

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