Research-based animation film production: building narratives, going virtual, seeing reality
Students are introduced to the methods of research-through-design and practice-based-research, and use these methods to create a research document for their graduation project. This involves (1) formulating artistic research questions; (2) analysis of written and artistic sources; and (3) iterative experimentation into the styling and (extended) narrative of their project. The resulting report, consisting of a written and an (audio)visual component, can be used as both a research paper and a blueprint for a preproduction document. It delineates the narrative, stylistic, thematic, technical and expressive choices the student makes, and will serve as a basis, in the next stages, for the creation of a script, storyboard, concept art and animation tests.