Sketchy is the story of Charlie, a 30-year-old underachiever working in the IT department of an office building. Despite his best efforts, he has slowly moved up the corporate ladder that he never intended to climb. In the beginning of the film, Charlie’s long term girlfriend Julie is thrilled to hear Charlie has been offered a management position with the company. She takes it as a sign that now is the perfect time to take their relationship to the next level and get married.

Charlie, on the other hand, sees this as a different sign. He has decided that he wants to quit his job in order to go back to school and explore his passion for illustration. When he tells Julie of his desires, she becomes infuriated with him and they break out into a fight. Afraid of loosing her, Charlie ultimately gives into Julie’s wishes, and reluctantly agrees to propose to Julie at a party in front of all of their friends.

After taking the promotion, Charlie finds that the new job is even more monotonous and unfulfilling than ever. Charlie develops a friendship with Lila, a spunky and free spirited waitress. He envy’s her ability to just follow her passions without being weighed down with the pressure of responsibility.

During their planned “spontaneous” proposal party, Charlie finally breaks down and leaves Julie in front of everyone. When Julie confronts him, Charlie states that even though he loves Julie and wants to be with her, following his dream is something that he needs to do. Julie eventually comes around, and supports Charlie in his journey.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Animation (Cinematography)

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Peter Kiwitt

Advisor/Committee Member

Cathleen Ashworth

Advisor/Committee Member

Frank Desse


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1996 .A67 2016


RIT – Main Campus