The Culling is an animated, short film graduate thesis. It explores ideas of perception by examining an anthropomorphic tribal group of lobsters that live in the fish tank of a New England seafood restaurant. The story is told through the experiences of a new comer to this lobster tribe. It focuses on his reactions to the odd traditions and beliefs of his peers in this new and strange place. The film is a 2D animation that has been produced digitally using various video, audio and animation software. The goal of this paper is to outline the production of this thesis film from concept to completion, as well as provide some supplementary materials used in the creative process.

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Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Short films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Folklore in motion pictures; Lobsters--Drama

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Larson, Brian


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