• Flush (2020): an animation production thesis

    Author(s):
    Roland Cartagena (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Motion pictures, Art, American, Motion pictures--Production and direction, Motion picture authorship, Communism, Socialism
    Item Type:
    Thesis
    Institution:
    University of the Philippines Film Institute
    Tag(s):
    abjection, Animation, capitalism, class struggle, film, Film arts, Filmmaking, labor, Marxism, scatology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/eg6n-9q54
    Abstract:
    Flush is an animated short film that critically explores the subject matter of material excessiveness and its correlation to unjust labor and capitalist greed. The film follows a day in the job of a worker who serves a swollen man bound in a perpetual cycle of simultaneous consumption and defecation. A series of unprecedented events follow after the man forcibly lays the worker off. The production thesis uses an arts-based method in approaching its subject namely a pre-production phase, an in-production phase, and a post-production phase. Grounded on Marxian perspective and interrelated theories of Abjection, the film employs the imagery of excrement as a device to debase abusive capitalist enterprises and denounce the exploitation they engender. The technique of digital hand-drawn frame-by-frame (tradigital) animation is applied in creating the film, opted to suspend disbelief and add humor, exaggeration, and a satiric undertone to what is otherwise a serious and socially provocative subject.
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    Last Updated:
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