Emotion Symbols

by Tingting Liu

Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Department: Animation
Degree: M.F.A.
Year: 2012
Keywords: Thesis (M.F.A.)  – Animation; Savannah College of Art and Design  – Department of Animation
Record ID: 1957459
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This thesis will examine the premise that all beings need love and validation of that love. Animation will be the means to depict this need. Animation has been chosen as the means for this film because the spiritual characters and the material characters that will appear in the film cannot be easily generated in live action. Traditional film cannot easily manipulate a spiritual entity but animation can. The depiction of the spiritual is essential to the success of this film therefore animation is the logical choice. Humans must transfer and receive emotions. In animation those emotions must be shown by the external activity of the characters. It is a direct way of communication that is akin to pantomime. The thesis topic is exploring the process of sending and receiving emotions through emotional symbols. Why different individuals have different ranges of emotion symbols. How individual personality, outside society differences from family environment to social culture made these symbols various is the interest. Multimedia would be the research reference to help find out some interesting rules or some exceptions. Includes the animated film short "Been".