Joe Arcovitch


Mystery Spot is a graduate thesis film that tells the story of a sorceress who has grown bored with her daily routine and disinterested in her magical abilities; significant though they may be. She seeks answers outside herself, feeling that the life and 'powers' outside her own are more interesting and more powerful. She discovers things aren't always as they seem. Other powers can come at a price and other lives are not necessarily so good. She returns home with a renewed interest and appreciation for what she has. The final film is a mixed media 2D/3D using Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and Toon Boom. The following paper is a description of the aesthetic development and choices, as well as the production pipeline, that got me to the finished project. The paper will also address my own relevant experiences that led to the film and animation program at RIT, and a personal reflection on the film and it's production, as well as thoughts on screenings and reactions to the piece. Ultimately this paper is about one film and two productions. The first production concluding in a screening which I did not pass. I feel like the first film was a stepping stone in the process toward the final and complete film, and so I will discuss it in this paper as part of that process.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Themes, motives; Witches--Drama

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Gasek, Tom


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 .A73 2012


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