You Were My Polaris

Elizabeth Keller

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Course: NMED 2015: Digital Drawing and Animation
Instructor: Leanne Elias

“You Were My Polaris” is a hand-done silhouette animation based on a poem with the same that I wrote a couple of years ago. The animation itself was done using techniques such as manipulating two dimensional puppets that I created and assembled; procedurally cutting out the background; and covering and uncovering areas, such as the stars, to create a twinkling effect. The poem discusses the idea of losing someone you once looked to for guidance and depended on. This is conveyed through using the analogy of stars and their beautiful, yet temporary, existence. In essence, the animation demonstrates the notion of losing the “light” in one’s life and what it feels like to be left alone in the “dark” afterwards.