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Hand-Painted Animation Created for BDP Creative Project

Nidhi Reddy is a double Radio-Television-Film and Mathematics major currently completing her Bridging Disciplines Programs certificate in Digital Arts & Media. Although she doesn’t know specifically what she want to do after graduation, she knows she wants to work with forms of digital media. She says she’s interested in design, animation, documentaries, experimental films, internet/phone applications, and sitcoms… “so I’m all over the place.” Nidhi decided to double major in mathematics because she also enjoys thinking in a logical, more left-brained way, and when she applies to graduate school, having a math background could make her a more interesting candidate.

Nidhi created the video below for her Bridging Disciplines Program connecting experience. She says, “in order to make this project, I traced over a video I shot frame-by-frame. In total, I drew almost 2,000 images. My process was to trace the images in Adobe Flash, create backgrounds in Photoshop, compile and enhance in AfterEffects, and edit in Final Cut.” It’s based on one of her favorite short stories, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by feminist author Charlottte Perkins Gilman. The story is about a depressed woman who eventually is driven to insanity due to her obsession with the yellow wallpaper in the room in which she is forced to stay.

The Yellow Wallpaper from Nidhi Reddy on Vimeo.

Thanks and Credits

I want to thank my very (very) patient and helpful primary mentor Ben Bays for guiding me with this project. I would also like to thank the Bridging Disciplines program for providing me with the means to create this, and especially to my BDP advisor Rose Mastrangelo. In addition, I could not have done this without my terrifyingly amazing and intelligent actress Briana Miller Mckeague who interpreted the character of Jane perfectly. Special thanks also goes out to Patrick Zimmerman, who was a major help in AfterEffects and canceling out my negative thoughts constantly.
Others who helped with this project was Sarah Foster and her feet that I made ugly, my secondary mentor Brian Bremen, and the Driskill Hotel where I filmed the project.

Background music is from Animal Collective: “Two Sails on a Sound”
Credit music is Patsy Cline: “Crazy”