Title

I, Object

Abstract

I, Object is a 3D animated film which dives into the difference between intrinsic value and perceived value, both by an individual and by society, through an anthropomorphized world where household objects must do what they can to survive the onslaught of a depressed, do-it-yourself, divorcee. Following the mockumentary format, these objects are interviewed about the situation they find themselves in. The different personalities and dynamics between the characters brings a comedic element to an otherwise serious encounter. Opening with how the situation has progressed until the moment the filming crew arrived, the film jumps between characters but sticks to a linear timeline. The Couch, the de facto leader, is self-assured that they cannot be upgraded and therefore takes the role of narrator. The narrative takes place over three days, as the furniture eagerly awaits the return of Jeff, their old owner, to take them away from the horrors they face. As they discuss their different anxieties, their dialogue provides insight into the characters of the do-it-yourselfer, the ex-husband, and their relationship. By only communicating the name of the husband (Jeff) the film explores the difference a divorce plays on both genders and the inherent negative stigma that follows women after a breakup. The objects in this film act as informational sources, filling in the gaps of the audience’s knowledge as well as naïve, misleading, selfish, and dramatic actors. As there are always two (or more) sides to every story, the audience must ask themselves, what is true, are these reliable narrators, and does it matter in the end?

Publication Date

5-4-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)

Advisor

Mark Reisch

Advisor/Committee Member

Jesse O'Brien

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Murphey

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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