The legend or myth of the malevolent spirit known as Thokolosi has long been known among my people. Some people have even been known to take measures to protect themselves from attacks by Thokolosi by raising their beds on bricks to prevent the spirit attacking them at night. I have always felt that this legend was ripe with possibilities for the animation medium and having loved the idea of Thokolosi, I felt it was a good time to attempt to make a film about it. This was also a way for me to introduce a small piece of my culture to an American audience. The paper explains how I found new ways to do things in order to achieve the look I wanted for the film. For example, the paper examines how I managed to create eyes in such a way that they were as emotive as possible. The film began with much more realistic character designs than the ones used in the film. The paper explores the reasoning behind my decision to change to a cartoon-like style and remodel the characters. The paper outlines the other challenges faced and the solutions used to overcome them.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Animated films--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Short films--Themes, motives; Tswana (African people)--Folklore; Folklore--Botswana

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Battaglia, Skip

Advisor/Committee Member

Spaull, Malcolm


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR897.7 .L449 2008


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