"The Observer" is my Animation senior thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design. It was written by Daniel Rosenberg, allowing me to interpret the piece of writing and apply it to a short, visual format. Interpretation differed between writer and director, and a great deal of concepting was needed to effectively emphasize the written word in tandem with what was on-screen.
The focus of the piece was to create a sturdy visual aesthetic that allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to focus on color relationships, a harmony between the words and visuals, and exploration of seamless transitions. It was also a chance for me to apply everything I had learned about Motion Media Design from my minor, and combine it with my love for frame-by-frame animation.
The piece ultimately became about anxiety, something that I had struggled with for the bulk of the time I was in college. I decided to reflect on that in the chosen style of the film, as I traditionally prefer to make clean, saturated, and simple pieces. For "The Observer", I wanted it to feel messy.
The film went into production during the Fall of 2012, and will be completed and available for viewing in April 2013.