Thursday, March 4, 2010
Updated version of my studio thesis!
I wanted to upload a more recent version of my studio thesis, "The Boy Who Could Not Not Worry". I've been making a lot of progress but there is a heck of a lot more to do!
While this film is intended for children, the inspiration for it is a strong current social issue occurring just within this past decade. In my animation I begin to question the way that pharmaceutical companies’ are choosing to broaden their clientele. It is certainly a very peculiar phenomenon. Within the past decade the criteria for having any given psychological abnormality has broadened and more mental illnesses have been “identified”, especially for young children. Not surprisingly, there has been a corresponding rise in mental illness diagnoses.
The main character of this story is named Bobby Blue, a young boy around eleven years old. Unable to find a cure for his worries, Bobby seeks help from an inventor named Mister Sir, who suggests a variety of treatments. In the end Bobby must decide if he really needs Mister Sir’s help.
My film is presented as an animatic, or very choppy animation, a technique I learned last spring at Parsons the New School of Design in NYC. Everything is hand-drawn in charcoal, ink and ink wash. The program Photoshop was used to layer images on top of each other and FinalCutPro was use to merge these images into a sequence with music, voiceovers and sound effects.
My ultimate goal for this short film is to gently remind the viewer that they are in control of their own minds. All psychological illnesses are on a spectrum- we all have a little bit of craziness within us- the test is truly how we learn to cope with it.