"Unhinged" is an animated graduate thesis film 7 minutes, 30 seconds long, which was originally conceived as a story about decision making, and it turned into a story about loneliness and an acceptance of it. It tells a story of a troll, Lancelot, who carries on a lonely life in a neglected cabin in the middle of a desert. He entertains himself by playing masquerade with his friends, mannequins-hat-holders. One day he hears a knock on the door and struggles with fear to open the door. This film is a hand-drawn animation that was mostly produced in TVPaint Animation Software. It is done in full color and has an elaborated soundtrack. This paper outlines the whole film creation process from the very beginning of an idea development stage until receiving a response and critique. It describes all my inventions, obstacles, failures, and successes, as well as technical specifics of the process.

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

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Larson, Brian


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