“Full Measures” is a 3D Animated Short Film about a pianist’s struggle writing the music he desires before his deadline. With musical creatures taunting him, will he defeat his nightmares in time?

“Full Measures” has two meanings, it’s literally definition is “to perform a task as well as possible.” The second definition is a play on words meaning “Passages with heavily written music.” It’s a phrase I found through speaking with musician at the Eastman School of Music.

In life we all aspire to achieve what we want to create. Often the greatest obstacles are constructs in our minds. We must overcome these walls to accomplish the things we desire. It is the same with our pianist; this film attempts to represent his struggle through taking the audience through a fanciful journey inside his mind.

This thesis outlines the whole creation process of making this animation from concept to completion. It describes my intentions, obstacles, effort, and successes throughout this entire production.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Three-dimensional display systems; Pianists--Drama; Composers--Drama

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Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Charles Bandla

Advisor/Committee Member

Shaun Foster


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .X8 2015


RIT – Main Campus

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