Heaven & Earth is a graduate animated thesis film with a runtime of four minutes and 58 seconds. This animated short film is a playful take on the eternal struggle between humans and the heavenly forces that dictate weather conditions. Heaven & Earth combines elements from both Philippine folk art and classic American cartoons, exploring a stylistic hybrid borne out of influences that I have genuine affinity for.

This animated short is in full color, and was produced using digital 2D animation. It was entirely animated in TVPaint, while the backgrounds were drawn and painted in Photoshop. For compositing and editing, I used Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. In terms of audio, it has no dialogue – it is mainly driven by music and sound effects. For the sound design and musical score, fellow Filipino Arnel Barbarona was in charge, infusing the music and sound with a distinct folksy style.

This paper outlines the whole process of making this animated short film, from story, pre-production, production, post-production, reception and evaluation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Weather--Drama; Folk art--Philippines

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Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

Tom Gasek


RIT – Main Campus

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