did i tell you about my date last night? is an animated short that illustrates a transformation in two characters who are experiencing their date together in different ways.
This film gives a small taste of a larger story that all women go through, whether or not they know it’s happening.
It is a tale of toxic masculinity, gaslighting, consent and entitlement. These things have been ever-present in history but never contested and brought to light on a scale like this. Recently, these issues have risen to the forefront of social change. Now, because of the internet, the support of allies, and a newer, well-rounded definition of feminism, women are becoming vocal in response to the suffering that has been inflicted on them.
Animation allows for short and concise storytelling. In animation, dialogue, gestures, settings, and even the style can all be used to give information to tell a specific story. With animation, I felt that I could create a film in which the audience could visualize and understand the impact of this toxicity in society. By animating this type of interaction, I could pull from reality and exaggerate to make a clear visual. This story needed to be told and I wanted the audience to learn from it. I wanted to continue this specific discussion of sex education through my art.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Dating (Social customs)--Drama; Sexual harassment--Drama
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CAD)
Mari Jaye Blanchard
Azimi, Palwasha, "did i tell you about my date last night?" (2019). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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