Economic Revolution, my senior thesis, was an experimental 2D animation meant to illustrate the pitfalls of a capitalist system.
The inspiration for this film came from “Dismaland,” an anti-amusement park created by Banksy in London. The amusement park/carnival environment is an apt metaphor for the illusion of freedom and opportunity in a consumerist, capitalist economy.
Certain imagery was very important to illustrating the predator prey dynamic that is undeniably present in a government where corruption and special interests rule the economy. If the car on the track is a market or individual in peril, the shark is a money lending institution that swoops in to take advantage. The mechanical imagery portrays how labor is being de-humanized, automated, and exploited by billionaires and developers. And the unsettling, looping edit building up the climax elicits the tension of resistance that eventually yields massive change.
Being my first animation project, my thesis presented an array of new challenges. Teaching myself how to animate taught me how to impose structure on my own workflow and not get discouraged when things weren’t intuitive. Through this process I learned how to streamline animation techniques in After Effects to avoid the torment of manually editing individual frames. I am eternally grateful for the tenacity and patience I gained from my thesis.