Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Tara McNally 

BA [Hons] 3D Design Modelmaking + Digital Art

As a child, Tara always had a love for art and anything creative. This passion continues to influence her throughout her life and combined with her love for film, it ultimately led her to pursue a career in model making which in turn guided her to attend Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology where she is currently studying 3D design, modelmaking and digital art. Unfortunately, due to covid 19 last year Tara’s work experience was cut short. However, the little time she spent in her work placement was still a great experience. She plans to continue learning and gaining more experience and make connections in this industry.

Project Description

This project is a stop motion it is based on The Death Coach in Darby O Gill. In Irish folklore, a death coach arrives when someone has died. It is driven by a headless horseman, it has four black horses pulling up front, and a coffin in the back. It will rumble through the streets of villages and where it stops is an omen of death. The coach must return with at least one soul on board that soul cannot escape its final destination. The Irish believed that the gated areas must be open, for the coach to pass. That if you see the coach, it would mean death for you or a loved one. (Donnelly).

Thesis Title

This thesis explores the ways in which parody is played out through animation. This paper begins by introducing the reader to the concept of transtextuality and explores the ways in which parody adapts from transtextuality. This section relies on readings from Julia Kristeva and Gärard Genette to introduce the reader to the concept of intertextuality and the multiple transtextualities. Once the basic understanding of transtexualities is established this paper then moves onto looking at the parodic forms and exploring how transtextuality is used in these parodic forms. This section will also introduce animation as a medium and will explore why animation and parody work well together. For this section, the paper will discuss how animation is under appreciated as a medium and how this lack of appreciation has both pros and cons. The section will then move on to discuss Scott McCloud’s concept of amplification through simplification. To finish this thesis the final chapter is a case study looking at The Simpsons and its approach to parody. For this section, the paper highlights the importance TV plays throughout the series as well looking in more depth one particular episode which uses the TV to produce a parody as well as two small studies on the Treehouse of Horrors episodes.