Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Abigail Webster 

BA [Hons] Animation

I'm Abbey, I have a keen interest in animation and design! I was excited to direct my own short film, "A Pearl of Great Price," during my fourth year at IADT Dun Laoghaire. As a director, I was involved in all stages of production such as storyboarding, design, animation, ink & paint and comp. Here, I am displaying some of my backgrounds, prop sheets and concept work for the film. As well my showreel for "A Pearl of Great Price."

A Pearl of Great Price

This year I directed my own film. I greatly enjoyed doing the storyboards, design, animation and other aspects of the project. This film tells a story of loss caused by a man’s inability to leave behind his addiction and save his own life. The topic of addiction is one I am quite close to, having witnessed several beloved friends and family struggle with issues over the years. In my film our male character (James) is an addict, and our female character (Anna) is trying to save him from their collapsing home. In the end, she is unable to do so as final choice costs him his life. I learnt a great deal in the process of making this film, the character performance and backgrounds were my favourite part. TV Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro were all used in making this project.

The History of Drugs & its Depiction in Film (1900s to 2000s)

In this thesis, I explore the history of drug use over the last century and look at how the substance and the addict are depicted in film through these periods. I look at how our perception of addiction is influenced through cinema and vice versa. Is the addict glorified or scorned? Given the power of film to tell a story in a way that will connect with an audience, I identify whether film has indeed played a positive role in the fight against drug abuse. And if so, why is it that substance abuse is still on the increase despite having more knowledge about the nature of addiction and the drugs that keep the addict trapped?