pen up is a graduate 2D animation thesis with a run time of 6 minutes and 27 seconds. It explores the strained relationship between a boy and his father. In amidst of a fight between the two the boy run’s out of the house following a light wisp. It leads him to a cliff where a woman in a black cloak stands. She gives the boy a very magical experience and a reminder of the love he once had with his family. He goes back home where he reminds his father about the love they once had and that they still have each other. The father realizes that even though his wife has passed that his son is still there and needs him and his love

My main intentions with the production were to demonstrate my skills in background design, animation, compositing and editing. Through out the process of this project I quickly realize that there were some areas that I am stronger in than others. However, as with many art forms there is always room for improvement and growth, which I intend on pursuing in my career afterwards.

This is a 2D animation film using the software TVPaint, AfterEffects, and PhotoShop. The sound design was edited on Adobe Premier. Lucas Bernal produced the music.

This thesis paper will discuss the process of the film. Starting from the development of the story, the production process, and the postproduction process. Along with that any issues, critiques, and reflections.

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Charles Bandla

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Kiwitt

Advisor/Committee Member

Luvon Sheppard


RIT – Main Campus

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