Xuemei Song


"Fancy Nancy Blues" is an animated graduate thesis film that is three minutes and thirty seconds long, based on sound cues that lead into images. It tells the story of a woman that plays the piano. She finds herself dreaming of romance, until other sounds interrupt her. This continues until her normal-looking husband returns home. He is a normal working man -- not the one she dreams of -- but she accepts her reality and meets him with a kiss. This film is a hand-drawn animation that was produced in TV Paint Animation, Photoshop, and traditional watercolor. The film was created in full color and is accompanied by a piano soundtrack. This paper analyzes and breaks down the entire process of this film's production from five different stages. They are ideas, pre-production, production, post-production, final conclusion and experiences.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Imagination in motion pictures; Piano in motion pictures

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Battaglia, Skip

Advisor/Committee Member

Gasek, Tom

Advisor/Committee Member

Maxwell, Stephanie


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 .S66 2013


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