My thesis film, "Mashed", was created with multiple purposes in mind. I wanted to use and build on everything I learned at RIT, entertain both young and old audiences, and support my belief that shooting mediums should be a choice tailored to fit the needs and purposes of a character in a film. Popular trends in animation and visual effects sometimes overshadow the fact that technological advancements benefit more than just computer-generated graphics. Convincing stop-motion characters (and characters of other mediums) can benefit from these same advancements, and even coexist with multiple other styles within the same frame. My film is framed in a situation familiar to nearly everyone. It uses three major characters to tell its story, each of which is photographed separately using different filmmaking techniques. I have a real boy shot on HD video, a mashed potato monster brought to life with stop-motion animation, and a television super-hero created using computer-generated images. This production required three very distinct pipelines, each of which presented its own batch of challenges and adventures. The results were blended together into a film that I hope will not stand out as an attempt to mix media, but rather as a well-told story that was made using wise choices to create the strongest, most believable characters possible out of what was written on the page.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Clay animation films--Technique; Clay animation films--Themes, motives
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Fisher, Adam, "Mashed" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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