Is it better to lie to yourself and be happy or to resign yourself to whatever ditch you've inherited?

My BFA Thesis project, a culmination of 4 years of learning the serious buisness of animation at UMass Amherst.

"d" follows the story of Dee, a brilliant hacker/inventor and orphan who constantly tries to flee into his fantasy world in order to escape his dreadful life. However, each escape attempt only brings him face to face with Mr. Jiggles (his case worker) and the forces of Reality.

"d" combines 2D characters and elements onto immersive 3D backgrounds. For this I used Maya and Macromedia Flash 8, loosely following the "invisible man" work process used to film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. After effects was used to comp many of the shots (and add minor lighting effects and background movement) and the whole thing was cut in Premiere

Written, animated, and directed by Jerry Chan
Music by Carleton Burke, Chelsea Brown, and Kid Rhythm

-UMass Junior/Senior Show: Best in show, third place (studio arts)

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