Fixino 1.0 is 3D short film that explores the contrast between a lazy human and an efficient robot in a comedic visual-gag style narrative. Produced at the Rochester Institute of Technology, this 3D short attempts to take the audience on a journey of contrasting spaces and characters. On one side, we have the efficient robot, Fixino and his well-kept operation space. On the other, we have the careless and lazy human, Charlie, and his disorderly environment.

I wanted this story to comment on our current world state, as well as the near future, where humans become a liability in the work pipeline as robots’ AI becomes more and more advanced. Already, we see this happening in factories like Elon Musk’s Gigafactory that is responsible for building Tesla cars. It’s a factory where machines (robots) are used to build the machine. I tried to take this core idea and tackle it in a comedic and light-hearted narrative.

Another goal I tried to accomplish with this film is using the environment as a visual tool that reflects the distinct contrast between the characters inhabiting this environment, their inherent features and their role in the story.

I was interested in taking advantage of the 3D animation format to allow for as many exaggerations as possible in the visual gags between characters and in the aesthetics of the environment design. I also wanted to maximize the freedom of design and control within the lighting and shading that is provided for in CG animation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Robots--Drama; Human-robot interaction--Drama

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Peter Murphy

Advisor/Committee Member

Marla Schweppe

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .A57 2017


RIT – Main Campus

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