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Betta Fish

Valerie Matula

Undergraduate

This was my final for ArtDes 328: Experimental Animation. I wanted to find a way to combine puppet animation and paint animation, because both are techniques I enjoy using for animation. I brainstormed kinds of glass surfaces, since the paint animation required a glass surface, and the idea I settled on was a fish tank. Then I tried having the puppet character find a way to relate to fish. Of the fish I've had as pets in the past, the most memorable were the betta fish. As I did more research on betta fish as a species, I learned that they are commonly called "siamese fighting fish" and are known for their history of being bred for fish fighting. Because of this, modern betta fish are particularly aggressive. I felt this would be a unique way to connect the two characters: the problem kid with anger issues and the betta fish that lashes out to survive. This animation was made using Dragonframe along with Adobe After Effects and Premiere.

Artist Statement Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p-AawE34sk

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrkXb1MjZg

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