Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Digital Production Arts

Committee Member

Dr. Donald House, Committee Chai

Committee Member

Professor Tony Penna

Committee Member

Dr. Brian Mallo

Abstract

This thesis describes Intercept, an ongoing science-fiction short film production, involving the integration of a fully computer-generated character, as well as other digital effects, within a live-action setting. The thesis encompasses all aspects of the filmmaking process: from conception, design, and development, to the execution of principal photography, and into post-production. This endeavor is inspired by the work of Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer of CorridorDigital, Ferand Peek, and Neill Blomkamp, in their exemplification of the ever-increasing ability of contemporary filmmakers to craft high-fidelity visual effects, within a live-action context, in spite of limited access to resources such as equipment, personnel, and finances. The narrative was developed from the concept of a futuristic thief and his accomplice, a robotic dog, attempting to infiltrate and escape from a secure facility. The pre-production and production of the film have thus far spanned approximately eight months, and have involved a small cast and crew of student volunteers from multiple disciplines, collaboration with other university departments, and crowdfunded financial support.

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