Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Matt Rankin 

BA [Hons] Animation

Based in Dublin, Matt is a 3D generalist with a strength in lighting, modelling, and animation. However, his passion for animation extends to all aspects of the medium. Blending the visual aesthetics of traditional 2D with modern 3D techniques is a keen interest of his. He set out to achieve this combination of styles in his graduate film 'Cheddar'.


A gluttonous rat reaps the rewards from the cyclical behaviour of hungry little mice. 'Cheddar' is an allegory for exploitation, Where the big and powerful profit from labour of the less influential. The film is largely influenced by the painterly style featured in Tonko House's short "The Dam Keeper".

Digital Resurrection in Franchise Cinema: A Study of the Intersection Between Nostalgia and an Emerging Technology in New Media

In my thesis, I explore the relationship between nostalgia and the concept of digitally bringing beloved personalities back from the past. I analyse its growing applications in popular franchises and the role an estate plays in authorising this ethically ambiguous technology.