"Dream"is a graduate thesis 3D animation, telling a surrealistic story about a man who tries to escape from a sand ocean and pursue his dream oasis. In this 3 minute 47 second story, the main character shows people, the way to pursue his dream, how to control his desires, resist temptation, conquer himself, drift with the tide, and finally persist in his dream to get away from the ocean. Because the story is surrealistic, I would like to try to approach many new fields in this animation. First, I conceived it as a combination of experimental and traditional 3D animation, creating a thought-provoking effect. Second, I still kept focusing on the animation itself, which means the most important part was about the action or movement. At the same time, I would add some 2D animation into it, to create necessary particle effects, and convey to the audience the surrealistic and dreamlike feeling. This report outlines the whole production process, from the very beginning of an idea development stage until the final completion stage, and illustrate all my inventions, obstacles, tests, failures and successes, as well as technical specifics.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Short films--Themes, motives; Dreams in art; Surrealism
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Xia, Liwei, "Dream: A Short 3D surrealistic animation" (2012). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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