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Thesis Blog

This page is intended to document the progress of my thesis, both the written component and the visual component.

Thesis Statement

The Phenomenological Implications of 3D Printing for Replacement Animation in Motion Media Design.

Thesis Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the uses of 3D printing technology as it is applied to motion media design’s use of replacement animation techniques. One medium that uses replacement animation techniques extensively is stop-motion filmmaking. I intend to look at how 3D printing can enhance the Phenomenological implications and increase the speed and quality of a film’s production.

Stop-motion films are an inherently physical endeavor and this is recognized by the audience, either consciously or unconsciously. This physicality influences how the audience experiences the film, its story, its aesthetics, and its meaning. I will discuss the uses of 3D printing for replacement animation in modern stop-motion productions; how this contributes to the film’s look and feel; and how this influences the audience.

Finally, I created a short film entitled, Quotable Cities, combining time-lapse photography, replacement animation, 3D printed elements, and motion typography. The film’s 3D printed elements are animated using stop-motion techniques and composited on top of the time-lapse photography. Quotes about both London and Paris express how people have experienced these cities personally.

Some questions I explore are: how does 3D printing improve replacement animation? How is it being used today? And how does it impact the audience’s experience of a film?

Film Concept

Moodboards for Film


3D Printed Elements

On the Set