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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2004 ➔ Illusions: Digital Tools in Aid of Storytelling


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Robert Jan DeVries (designer)
Scott Paterson (thesis advisor)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
David Benjamin Kanter (thesis advisor)
Andrea Moed (thesis advisor)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)




Illusions is an exploration of how visual effects can be used as a means of storytelling in order to enhance the viewer’s experience of a story. By using an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Seller (1846), I aim to tell a traditional story almost entirely by means of visuals. Short sequences of animation using computer generated imagery as well as trick cinematography will be used in place of lengthy exposition, narration and other traditional means of storytelling.

As I reached a better understanding of visual effects, I was able to discern what choices are readily available in production, I documented my comprehension of computer generated animation, exploration of short narrative forms, and personal development as described in various books and films that have provided great insight to my inquiry.



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