Jiaqing Qiang


The story happens in the near future. Astronaut Patrick U7's mission is to find members of a space team who have been lost for two months on a Planet M-6 expedition. He travels alone in a spacecraft headed for Planet M-6. Patrick U7 will confront his own fears and mortality when he discovers the truth about the space team's fate and his real mission, which is linked to the deaths of the space team members.

I want to use science fiction as a mechanism for conveying a truth about the darker side human nature. Even though the main character is a clone, he is nonetheless a real human being, and he represents those people who have been exploited for scientific experimentation or moral ideology.

"The Dupe" is a thesis film with a total runtime of five minutes and fifteen seconds. It is a 3D animation that was produced primarily in Maya and After Effects.

This paper outlines the entire creation process of making this animated film. It details the very beginning of the story development to the final stage. It describes all my intentions, obstacles, challenges and successes, as well as the technical specifics of process.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Science fiction films

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Atia Quadri

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch

Advisor/Committee Member

David Halbstein


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at Tr897.7 .Q43 2014


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