Chuanshu Shi


The Star Fishing Boy is an animated graduate thesis film that tells the story of a boy who lives in the sky and accidentally falls to Earth where he encounters situations that spark his empathy. But, these situations also put him at risk of not being able to return to his home in the sky.

This film is a hand-drawn animation using traditional animation principles, finished mostly in TV Paint Animation software. It was created in full color and combines 3D special effects and 3D modeling techniques in the background design and creation. The Star Fishing Boy has an original music score that consists of music and vocal singing of lyrics for the theme song of the work. The film is 11 minutes and 54 seconds long.

This thesis paper describes how the whole film was made, from the very beginning of the story development to the final screening, including responses and critiques of the work. It is a detailed written record of all my ambitions, hard times and successes, as well as a technical explanation of the animated film making process itself.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Stephanie Maxwell

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .S54 2014


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