Winner is an animated 3D graduate thesis film. The entire film, including the credits, is 4 minutes 34 seconds long. The production phase went from August 2020 to December 2021. The story is about an old man who wants to profit from a robot he invented, but finally paid for his selfishness in the end. The man is a robot inventor. He uses a chip to control the robot and uses it to participate in the robot fighting competition. His robot won one championship after another, and he was rewarded with bags after bags of money. He became richer and richer, but his greed did not diminish. He fantasized about drinking champagne on the beach with sunshine and beauty. However, at this time his robot has become scarred due to damage from the battle. The man did not give up his ambition and fixed the robot to prepare for the next fighting competition. However, the robot was eventually defeated by a powerful opponent. The chip in his body was punched out, and was swallowed by the old man dramatically. Finally, on the beach that the old man had imagined, his robot lay comfortably on a beach chair wearing sunglasses, and used the remote control to control the old man to serve it. It turns out that the robot is the real winner. The software used to make this film mainly include: Autodesk Maya and Zbrush for modeling and animation, Adobe Photoshop and Substance Painter for texture map, TVPaint for animatic, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere for editing and compositing. The final output format was 1080HD with a high-quality stereophonic track. This paper will retrace the production process of the film, the difficulties encountered and the solutions.
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CAD)
Liu, Yizhang, "Winner" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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