Visual development as a tool for storytelling in animated feature films

Master thesis Portuguese OPEN
Moura, João Garcia de Lima de (2014)
  • Subject: Viewer | Storytelling | Emotion | Color | Light | Preproduction | :Humanidades::Artes [Domínio/Área Científica] | Visual Development | Animation
    acm: ComputingMethodologies_COMPUTERGRAPHICS | GeneralLiterature_MISCELLANEOUS

This dissertation aims to study and deepen the understanding of Visual Development and the way it is used towards storytelling. In animated feature and short films every element is studied and created in order to help the viewer understand the story. We will study concepts like color and light to understand how they are used in order to create an emotional connection between the animation and the viewer. The animated film ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991) from Walt Disney studios will be the test subject for this dissertation and we will analyze its visual elements to understand the way they convey emotion and how those emotions connect to the evolution of the story. For the final project in computer animation, we propose to apply these findings towards a better understanding on the matter of Visual Development. The visual elements will be approached in the way they were idealized and studied in the preproduction stage and in the way that they were executed in the production. We will also establish their connection with the progression of storytelling.
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