Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Dale Hudson, Jr.
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Art and Design | Film and Media Studies
What is children’s cinema? This thesis explores this question by identifying three codes of children’s film and illuminating them through a short film entitled “Pirate Story.” The film is about a boy and his grandfather, and the pirates that inhabit a bedtime story. The pirates compete with the grandfather to have narrative authority over their own existence. This film examines the role of the narrator, use of animation, and absence of the parental figures as elements that are signifiers of children’s cinema. It was shot on HD video, with animation created in After Effects. Production also involved creation of a life-size pirate ship set, costumes, and musical score. This film serves to show that children’s cinema contains unique codes that inform the audience’s viewing experience and are important in the development of spectatorship into adulthood.
Powell, Jake T., "Pirate Story" (2006). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 601.
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