This story is about three cavemen’s escape from an active volcanic island. Whenever the island’s volcano begins to act up, they react to run as far away as possible from the volcano. But they cannot go beyond the shoreline to save their life. One day, the main character has had a dream of ship during taking a nap. He explains the ship to his fellow cavemen, however, he is ignored by them because they have never seen ships that float on the water. He is now faced with the additional problem of explaining his vision to them. In entering the middle part of story, the main character sees his own shadow that is caused by his own body. He gets an idea to form the shadow of ship. He employs the rocks, the bird, the tree and the dinosaur to form a huge shadow on a giant rock face. The giant shadow creates the shape of a sailing ship. The film ends with the ‘shadow ship’ moving on the waves of ocean. Finally the main character accomplishes the mission which is to show his vision to his friends with ‘a shadow of an idea’. The film is made in 2-D animation and it runs about six and half minutes. Without coloring I had kept the original color tone form shooting work by a camera. It is not gorgeous but heartwarming style and there are left soft pencil lines for characters and tough pencil tones for shadow.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Animated films--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique; Short films--Themes, motives; Prehistoric peoples--Drama; Volcanoes--Drama; Shipbuilding--Drama
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Jung, Myung-Chul, "A shadow of an idea" (2008). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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