Mist is an abstract, animated graduate thesis film with a duration of five minutes. It is an extremely personal film, which is inspired by my childhood memories and Chinese culture. It is a reflection of my own life, which just like the fluid ink in the film, reacts with the environment naturally and leaves distinct marks on the paper of my life.

This is a live action and 2D animation mixed film that was produced with After Effects and Premiere software. The primary plan was to produce this film in 3D. However, in order to achieve a more dynamic look, I eventually made changes in my medium. The majority of the footage in the film was shot in live action and edited in After Effects.

This thesis paper is about the creation of Mist from my point of view. It involves the generation of the ideas, experiments and trials, production processes and the challenges I encountered.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Memory in art; China--Social life and customs--Pictorial works

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Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Stephanie Maxwell

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

David Halbstein


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .L426 2015


RIT – Main Campus

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