Nicole Antoinette Bent
(thesis advisor)Jerry Lieberman
(thesis advisor)Stewart Ziff
As a Southerner who now lives in New York City, Tala has yet to become accustomed to the city’s social climate and is prone to interesting experiences during her commute to and from the ‘Boogydown Bronx.’ Tala takes note of the subtle nuances of her experiences. As a result, she has many tales to tell. Her friend from her hometown has grand ideas about the city that Tala hopes to dispel by sharing her experiences borne of the urban architecture of the city. Tala, a confident and sensitive young black woman embodies stylistic and cultural diversity. She reflects humorously on her experiences, appreciating the diversity in style and social behavior. She is an independent young woman with an appreciation for the beauty of her world. Beauty comes in many forms, such as rustling leaves, rhythmic tones of turnstiles, and even in the form of a seemingly rational woman on a New York City subway platform. It is this seemingly rational woman who has inspired Tala’s tale for this thesis project. In this animation, Tala recalls an encounter with a stranger on a New York City subway platform, as an example of why her hometown friend should not think of New York City as the best place to visit. Tala’s communication with the stranger on the subway platform is the climax of the animation, followed by Tala’s reflection on the interaction as the anti-climax. The story is interspersed with elaboration on Tala’s thoughts. These elaborations give insight into Tala’s character and reflexive responses. In this way, the story is told from Tala’s point-of-view.
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