Robert Keith O'Neil
(thesis advisor)Christopher Kirwan
Repatriation is an animated short film that tells the story of a Woolly Mammoth transported from his deathbed ten thousand years ago to modem times to repatriate his bones from a museum. The film, although only a little over two minutes, is divided into three parts: Part I: North America, I 0,000 BC. Lighting illuminates a blurry image. Thunder, wind and rain are heard. A mammoth is walking slowly into a field, which reveals as a bone yard. Amidst the large bones partially embedded in the ground the mammoth collapses. Upon closing its eyes a bright light surrounds the Mammoth. Time speeds up and the viewer and the mammoth are thrust into modern times. Part 2: North America, Modem Times. The Mammoth opens its eyes to find itself in a modem inner city park -the bone yard gone and the towering bones replaced by skyscrapers. It looks up and a flash of bones appears briefly, then dissolving to reveal a museum. Now with health revived, the Mammoth rises and sets off for the entrance. It crosses the street between the park and museum, walks up the steps of the museum, becomes semi-transparent and walks through the doors of the museum. The Mammoth walks through the halls of the museum in a cautious manner until it reaches the mounted bones of a mammoth. The mammoth considers the bones for a moment before a luminous portal opens up revealing the Mammoth's home time. The bones begin to move and free themselves of the metal shackles that bind them. The Mammoth and his bones begin to walk toward the portal. Part 3: The Return Home. In a flash oflight the two entities merge into one complete entity. As the now complete Mammoth passes through the portal he joins his herd walking over the tundra into the distance.
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