To tell a story and to tell it well is a paramount function in human society. Whether the desired outcome is to engage, educate, or entertain the viewer the goal is the same. Through story we endeavor to learn something more about ourselves and hopefully show others something new within themselves. As the old adage goes, "Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach that man how to fish you feed him for a lifetime." One could simply give that hungry man a pole, a line, a hook, and a worm and give him directions on how to fish and he may or may not get the general idea. But if you tell him a story about how a starving man was able to feed himself and his entire family because another man taught him to fish, he will be engaged. He will want to be like this man and a good story would teach him all he needs to know. Stories are explorations into the state of the human condition. Through humorous stories we can more easily engage viewers with difficult subjects. They will let down their various "filters" and allow themselves to be confronted with a troubling topic, usually without their realization. One purpose of this story is to teach people something about the way we reproduce in a highly abstracted and entertaining way. An admittedly more selfish goal of mine was to learn how to better tell a story visually using the established film grammar through the use of computer generated imagery (CGI).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Human reproduction; Human reproduction in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Gurevich, Alex, "The Human race" (1999). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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