"Potter Priest” is an animated graduate thesis film. The entire animation including credits was 8 minutes long by the time of my thesis screening at SOFA, RIT. The story was developed to show the sublimation of the spirit of an old blind potter by realizing worship the god is more about caring the livings rather than praying to the statue. The story takes place in an ancient Pottery Kiln used by the old man as a shrine. A weasel comes in and interrupts the rite. While teasing the old man the weasel disrupts the balance of strings and get trapped under the statue. The old man is facing a crucial choice whether to break the statue before it press the weasel to death. The old man decides to save the weasel by breaking the statue he treasured. The old man plays music using the pottery instrument for the hurt weasel. The weasel becomes the god the old man worship. The old man opens his eye and sees the world again. Changed back to the small form, the weasel run to the door, leading the old man to the beautiful world outside.
“Potter Priest” was created using a number of 2D and 3D software including Autodesk Maya and Adobe Series. This thesis essay outlines the whole production process for “Potter Priest”.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Potters--Drama; Weasels--Drama; Shrines--Drama
Imaging Arts (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Han, Tianhe, "Potter Priest" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus
Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .H26 2015