Huntington, Ind.—Oct. 27 and 28, students from Huntington University presented a short animated film at Wheaton College’s “LEAST” festival.
“LEAST” features student artists responding to poverty and AIDS through theater, photography, dance, film, visual arts, music and writing.
Nuria Bagley, a postgraduate student pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, junior Tyler Welker of Wooster, Ohio; and sophomore Brian Thompson of Maplewood, Minn., created “Boxed” in their Principles of Digital Animation II class, taught by Steve Leeper, instructor in digital media arts.
“Boxed” follows a girl coming home from school. She watches two of her friends get off at their homes, which are both depicted as upper-middle class. As the bus stops the third time and she gets off, the audience assumes that she has arrived at a house similar to the other children’s homes. Instead, when the bus pulls away, it is revealed that the girl lives in a much poorer community of cardboard boxes.
“Our film is titled ‘Boxed’ because it resembles the style we used of flat layers and bas-relief, the connotation of the girl’s situation, and the fact that all of us really live in boxes – it’s just a matter of size and materials,” Bagley said.
For more information about the digital media arts program, visit www.huntington.edu, or call (260) 356-6000.