My name is Jessie Flynn and I'm a 22-year-old animator and filmmaker from Dublin. I adore all forms of animation but my love for stop motion and experimental animation always creeps up on me. I love how tactile it is and there’s something truly magical about building something with your own hands and then watching it come to life on screen. I'm extremely passionate about storytelling and I love to let the story determine the direction of my projects.
My project is a stop motion film using both paper cutout animation and puppetry animation. I knew that I wanted to work in multiple mediums so this influenced how the narrative structure of my film was developed. Originally I had planned to do 2D hand drawn animation for half of the film but I then decided on paper cutout instead as I thought it was a better fit for my project.
The film is an exploration of the complexity and nuances of villainy. The villain struggles with his execution of the hero. We see past interactions they have had which led up to her execution and watch the villain trying to process what he has done.
I am continuing to work on this film until its completion and I plan to submit it to festivals when it’s complete. Please get in touch if you would like to receive a link to the finished film.
My thesis was an exploration of the visual language of character design. I looked at how it is used to depict evil and badness in animated films and specifically how this applies to female villains. I undertook thorough research and analysis to find changing trends in the chronological portrayal of evil in animated films. I examined what characteristics code a female character as bad and what this does to society’s perception of women. I identified how the portrayal of female villains has changed as a reaction to this and how our ideas of evil and the villain have changed overall. My thesis research heavily influenced my design process for my film and each of the projects continued to inform the other throughout the year due to their shared subject matter of villains.
If you'd like to read my thesis, a low quality pdf can be downloaded to the left or get in touch with me and I can send on a higher quality version.