umbrella girl

UMBRELLA GIRL

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What draws me to animation, to this day, is the amazing performance quality that can be achieved with a character in this medium. An actor uses their voice, face, and body to create a performance. An animator does almost the same thing, but with a character. So, in creating an animated performance, why wouldn’t an animator utilize more than just the principles of animation. Why not approach this character’s performance the same way an actor does? 

I delved more into this topic as part of my thesis project at SCAD. My thesis explored the benefits for animators to approach their character animation through an actor’s perspective. This outlook will not only provide a deeper understanding of performance, but will aid in better animation choices.

Umbrella Girl served as the visual component to this thesis. With this piece, I developed the character animation using acting principles discussed within the accompanied paper. 

CONCEPT ART

PRODUCTION STILLS

CREW

Director & Animator : Monika Norcross-Cerminara Storyboard Artist : Michael Cerminara
Background Artist : Harriet Lane Ngo
Composer : Antonio Leopore
Sound Mixer : Conrad Ytuarte

FILM DETAILS

Film Type : Animation, Short, Student
Genres : Buddy, Fantasy, Adventure, Children
Shooting Format : Digital
Picture : Black & White and Color
Ratio : 16:9
Duration :  2 minutes 10 seconds
Completion Date : June 1, 2015


FILM FESTIVALS

WARWICK DRIVE-IN FILM FESTIVAL
Warwick, New York
United States
JULY 2015
AWARD: STUDENT WINNER


DIRECTED BY WOMEN - NYC SHORTS OF ALL SORTS
New York City, New York
United States
SEPTEMBER 2015


INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CINEMAFEST 2015
San Luis Potosi
Mexico
SEPTEMBER 2015


CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
APRIL 2016


ANIMATION DAY IN CANNES
Levallois Perret
France
MAY 2016


PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia
United States
MAY 2016


KLEINKAAP SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Centruion, Gauteng
South Africa
AUGUST 2016


HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
NOVEMBER 2016

ALL AMERICAN DRIVE-IN
Staten Island, New York
United States
AUGUST 2015


EXPOTOONS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Capital Federal, Buenos Aires
Argentina
SEPTEMBER 2015


FREEDOM SHORTS XIX
Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia
United States
JANUARY 2016
AWARD: Best Animation


2D OR NOT 2D ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Seattle, Washington
APRIL 2016


MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Miami Beach, Florida
United States
MAY 2016


INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION, COMICS AND GAMES CINEMA FESTIVAL
Rimini
Italy
JULY 2016


MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL - ANIMAZE
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
AUGUST 2016


HOLLYWOOD SCREENINGS FILM FESTIVAL
Hollywood, California
United States
JANUARY 2017

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL KIDS’ FILM FESTIVAL
Carlsbad, California
United States
AUGUST 2015


GRAND RAPIDS FEMINIST FILM FEST 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
SEPTEMBER 2015


THE PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (POW FILM FEST)
Portland, Oregon
MARCH 2016


MILAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL
Milan
Italy
MAY 2016


TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVAL 2016
Telluride, Colorado
United States
MAY 2016


42nd ELCHE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Elche, Alicante
Spain
JULY 2016


MEQUINENSA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Mequinenza, Zaragoza
Spain
AUGUST 2016