RISING UP: ACTIONS AS LOUD AS WORDS
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This dissertation organizes my discoveries of how motions and actions of the body complement the conscious mind and serves as an innate mode for communicating the human experience. The first chapter of this document provides an analysis of the nature of consciousness, introduces the mind-body debate, and argues that verbal language has been an inefficient method for conveying the complexity of the human experience. It evaluates a number of accounts that have attributed the comprehension of experience to the motion involved in body language, and concludes with an analysis of the ways in which film mimics the body in order to convey this experience. The second chapter serves in this thesis document to describe my process in creating Rising Up, and to assess the ways in which my research and inspirations influence the animation's major scenes.