The 3D short animated film Toothdoll is a master degree thesis film. The film runs five minutes and ten seconds including credits. All the scenes in this film happen indoors. The story is between a little boy, Ushka and his grandmother. After the little boy’s first tooth comes out, he expects the new tooth sprout. With this little story, I wanted to recreate this normal but important first-time experience in our childhood.

Throughout the entire production, the primary goal for me to tell a clear and solid story to my audiences. No matter how interesting the story is, I think the most important thing is to make sure it is clear enough for your audiences to understand. Besides the story or the script, I also want to enhance my animation skills during the entire production. Although I am not a technical person, I wanted to try my best to solve every problem on my own.

In the beginning, I spent a few weeks to build up my story and planned to animate with a hybrid of 2D animation with 3D animation. I tried to explore some more possibilities via different mediums to make an animated film; however, because of the time frame and also the consideration of unified style, I chose to make use of 3D animation only.

This paper will discuss my entire process and details in my production. I will talk about the problems I came across; and how I got over them.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .H369 2016


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