The Opportunity is a three dimensional animation that illustrates the idea that by helping others you can inadvertently help yourself. The story is told using an animated sunflower, bees, tulip, and farmer. In a sunflower garden, a sunflower tries to entice a bee to pollinate it, but a tulip (that is not supposed to be in the sunflower garden) attracts all of the bees. The tulip sees the farmer coming to weed out any unwanted plants. Seeing the fear in the tulip’s eyes, the sunflower helps disguise the tulip. The farmer is tricked and the tulip is saved. With the tulip disguised, the bee chooses to pollinate the sunflower instead. Through this story, the goal is to show that the good in helping others does not just stop at the recipient getting what they want. Eventually the good deed is repaid without that being the original intent. According to Dictionary.com, karma is defined as an action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation This is the basic underlying principle of this story. http://markreisch.blogspot.com The final animation exhibits a four minute visual story.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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

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Degree Name

Computer Graphics Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


David Halbstein

Advisor/Committee Member

Shaun Foster

Advisor/Committee Member

Thomas Gasek


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .R45 2016

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