Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Eimear Sullivan 

BA [Hons] Animation

Heya! I am a 2D animator and illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland. My main interests lie in conceptualizing ideas and designing and am heavily inspired by the theme of nostalgia. This year I had the opportunity to direct my own animated short titled 'Ó Mo Dhía', a comedic story about a clumsy young girl in her very religious Irish Granny's house. The last year has tested my abilities and has been a great learning experience for me and I cannot wait to be involved with creating more projects like this in the future.

'Ó Mo Dhía'

This film tells the story of a clumsy 9-year-old girl (Judy) stuck in her Granny's super religious front room during a stormy day. One thing leads to another, and Judy finds herself trying to save her Granny's prized possession, an 'authentic' piece of wood from the cross of Jesus Christ, from getting destroyed.
For my Grad Film I really wanted to work on something light-hearted and nostalgic, my Granny was herself a devoted Irish Catholic woman, someone I looked up to and admired... but she definitely would have frighten the life out of you if she asked you to recite your 10 commandments. This film was made to poke fun and have a laugh at the catholic guilt I had endured when I was younger in my grandparents’ house.

The Representation of Indigenous Cultural Music in Disney's Animated Feature Length Films, from the 1990's to the 2010's

This visual thesis was created to review and critique The Walt Disney Animation Company's portrayal of aboriginal cultural music in their animated films over a period of 30 years. It discusses the use of multiple forms of appropriation adopted by Disney filmmakers and composers for the commercialisation of their films/film music and how damaging stereotypes are created as a result.
It also considers some of the steps being taken by the corporate giant to improve relationships between native cultures and the animation industry that is always keen on using them as inspiration.