Silent Love is a 3D animated short film about a family that faced the death of one of their family members. The story talks about the daughter struggling to tell her hard-of-hearing mom that her father has passed away in the hospice room. The film starts in the hospice room. The daughter sits next to the hospice bed, and the audience can see a body covered by a white sheet. The camera zooms into a family photo on the nightstand, with a lunch box full of food. Then with a montage editing, the scene cuts back to when the daughter is young; she is sitting at the dinner table waiting for her mom to serve the dinner. The dad returns home holding a bunch of flowers. He pats mom’s shoulder and gestures, “I love you to the moon and back.” At the dinner table, they pass food to each other. The camera cuts into a top view of the table, using food changing to show the time lapses. With the change of the lighting and food becoming less on the table, the atmosphere has changed. With a full shot of the dinner table, the audience can tell the father is no longer sitting in his position. Next, the scene cuts to the hospice room; the father eats the food that the mom cooked for him. Mom cooks the food daily; she passes the lunch box to the daughter; with a camera transition, it cuts back to the hospice room with the current time zone. The daughter hesitates to go home and tell the mom about the father's death. Instead of gesturing, “ dad has passed away,” the daughter gestures, “I love you to the moon and back,” just like the father used to gesture.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Families--Drama; Hearing impaired--Drama; Sign language--Drama; Death--Drama

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Mark Reisch

Advisor/Committee Member

Kevin Bauer

Advisor/Committee Member

Mari Jaye Blanchard


RIT – Main Campus

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