Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Member

Dr. Eric Patterson, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Jerry Tessendorf

Committee Member

Dr. Barton Palmer


The focus of this work is to explore the ways in which visual effects have been given a key role in the narrative of film. It explores the history of digital compositing and film theory, discussing how new technology has changed the way audiences relate to, evaluate, and enjoy film. With this idea in mind, two separate live action shorts began production: one with invisible computer graphics (CG) elements (effects that replicate reality) and one with obvious CG elements. In this paper I will present how the storyboarding, filming, modeling, surfacing, fx, animation, and compositing are crafted in relation to visual effects and realism.



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