For my final year at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), I worked on my thesis film, “Face 2 Face,” which runs for 6 minutes and 22 seconds. My thesis film tells the story of a young man attending a Comic-Con convention who spends more time taking photos of what he sees in front of him for his social media page rather than living in the moment within his environment. This film was inspired by my experiences at conventions and on vacations, during which I devoted much of my energy to recording footage of unique events or taking photos of an unfamiliar area to the neglect of truly experiencing my environment. “Face 2 Face” is a comedic portrayal of similar experiences and frustrations in a setting with which I am familiar.

I wanted to create a film focusing on a habit I found relatable and use it as the springboard for a comedic story. In terms of the main production, the film relies on hand-drawn animation and appears in full color. The animation was primarily completed in TVPaint with additional visual work done in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere. I also took advantage of outside help for animation and sound during film production, especially with regard to cleanup, coloring, voice acting, sound effects, and music. This paper describes the writing process for the film along with the film’s visual development. I also discuss various obstacles and accomplishments throughout the project.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Short films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Comic books, strips, etc.--Congresses--Drama; Photography--Drama; Online social networks--Drama

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Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Peter Murphey

Advisor/Committee Member

Dave Sluberski

Advisor/Committee Member

Mari Jaye Blanchard


RIT – Main Campus

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