re÷belief, is a 3D Printed, hand crafted, zoetropic short-film that asks if recalling memories can break a cycle. re÷belief is a graduate student produced animated thesis, completed for the MFA in the School of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology. Much of this film is a personal story that recalls nine very specific instances of my life. These are memories that have repeatedly haunted me throughout my youth and adulthood. The memories regularly reflected times of bliss mixed with sullen, miserable moments.

Ultimately, the story thread focuses on cycles, and choosing 3D printed zoetropes as the metaphor and medium within a short film seemed perfect to share a story about childhood, religion and relationships. After all, Zoe translates as 'life' and trope is a reoccurring motif. 3D Printing, handcrafting and manufacturing these zoetropes are physical representations that impart a physicality within this film.

It is hoped that while watching this experimental, filmed animation, the viewer would allow their own life experiences, moments and feelings to emerge and discover the resonances of the film's themes within their own memories or consciousness.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Short films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Zoetropes; Three-dimensional printing

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Stephanie Maxwell

Advisor/Committee Member

Marla Schweppe

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.5 .M332 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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