Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Digital Production Arts

Advisor

Davis, Timothy

Committee Member

Gilbert , Juan

Committee Member

House , Donald

Abstract

With tragedies such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on the rise in the last few years, brainstorming ideas that would prevent that type of violence in schools has become necessary. One such scenario involves a teleoperated robot, manned by local police, which would track down and subdue an intruder until police could arrive at the location. This thesis follows the process of creating a computer-generated robot and compositing it seamlessly into a real environment for the production, Project Hero. This project is a short film that shows a scenario in which a robot would be used to subdue a perpetrator. The production required the robot to appear photorealistic to convince the viewer that it was part of the live-action footage. The main components to accomplish photorealism included surfacing, lighting and compositing the robot.

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