Thursday, May 07, 2009

Thesis Film, Anchored

here it is, my thesis film...I've been working on this for the past year and a half and now it's finished and I'm graduating tomorrow.

Luke 15:3

Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

When I was first trying to come up with an idea I had the parable of the lost sheep in the back of my head. I really wanted to have a story that was founded with some message or parable. I had a hard time coming up with an idea based of this, and then I just started working on this idea of a man and origami cranes based off a digital painting I had done. The idea sorta fluidly came together after than point and I think that original message kinda worked its way back in. I just really wanted to create a feel good story that I could share with people that might have some emotional value. And I wanted to show how in people's roughest times if you don't focus on the negative God can show you, and use people to show you, an overwhelming hope and faith.

I found these early early sketches

anchor of doubt

and rope of hope:

hope you enjoy!


maya said...

That was gorgeous! Congratulations!

Bill Robinson said...

Really beautiful film, Lindsay - congratulations.

RAWLS said...

Beautiful work Linds!!! ...rope of hope! I love it!!

Cameron and Lindsay Rondo said...

Lindsey... SO AMAZING!! You never cease to amaze me with your artwork and creative ideas.
I haven't seen you in such a long time!! Hopefully we'll see each other soon! Maybe Ken's homecoming?

Caleb Prochnow said...

this is beautiful.... such a good message. The animation leaves me feeling hopeful of the future.

czhang said...

i am thankful to heard the original intention behind your animation, personally, i saw a concise version of the gospel in your animation.
that the anchored of sin is so heavy, preventing us from getting back to our beloved. But God, through His spirit, still surround us with his peace and by his mercy we came to repentance, and through faith, we reach to the promise land, and rejoice forever with our God. We are all lost in the depth of sin, and there is no other way for us to go, but through faith in Christ. this is my impression of the piece, it is wonderfully made, and present a picture of gospel in my view.
though I want to go further to argue that I actually hoped the man was on the shore, and the woman is in the boat, indicating the relationship between Christ and the Church, that Christ is waiting for the return of His bride.

Sam Nielson said...

I really like this film. The render style is interesting, the character designs are great, but I was worried at first it was going to turn into one of those strange artsy student films that you see so often these days. My doubts were completely unfounded, you were really successful in getting the point across and the ending is satisfying. I have to say that you've bucked the popular trend and made something that's worth showing around to my friends. Good job.

CANTrow said...

I saw your film on Keith Lango's blog. Really awesome! I'm currently working on my senior project concept at SCAD and I know how hard it is! Great work.

ilPiccioneGrasso said...

sooo beautiful!!

Aparna-Appie! said...

i absolutely loved it!
great emotional touch to it! :)

great job...

Betsy Bauer said...

Your film is beautiful. One of my favorites to ever come out of Ringling. :)

Rodrigo Hydros said...

wow, i´m from brazil i found ur video randomly on youtube, i just want to say u congratulations, it kind of saved my day ;D

see ya!!!

Fernandertal said...

Hello Lindsey!!
When a friend came with the link of your video on youtube, everyone in our classroom watched without blinking, admired with your fabulous work!!
Congratulations for this marvelous piece of art!!
from Fernando, Brazil

lindsey olivares said...

thank you so much for all the kind means a lot. It's so good to hear nice feedback after all the hard work. working on this project for so long, I had my ups and downs and days when I hated it. Sometimes you loose sight of why you're doing it. Sharing this film with people has been the most rewarding part. thanks everybody :)

ms. j for jaffa said...

Lindsey, I was stumbled accidentally on YouTube and found your Senior Thesis "Anchored", it touches my heart deeply.
I believe no matter how far we've sailed, there is always back home... For God so loved the world He gave His only-begotten Son. May The Lord bless you abundantly.. Cheers! :)

Eduardo said...

When I thought I saw everything, I stumbled at your beautiful short, Nice Job!

Caitlyn Dailey's ArtBlog said...

I really enjoyed this animation!
Such a beautiful story.
Wonderful work.

kurokuma said...

Wonderful work, Lindsey! You should be proud indeed! Really enjoyed watching it!!

Audrey said...

Beautiful! You did it! I really love every choice you made on this!

Amy Learn said...

brillant! I love the colors and the style of this animation with the hand written type.

Sunha Yoon said...

beautiful! inspiring! also love the message.

Katon said...

Great work!

Naoki Araiza said...

WOOOOOWWWWW!!! you are an amazing artist!! I loove your film! the style is very awesome and it has this handcrafted feeling that 3d films lacks off... coool!

Tim Heitz said...

Awesome work Lindsey!

I actually saw your film a few months ago when one of my friends from school found it and posted it on facebook.

I was so shocked to see that it was yours!

Anyway, really nice work, and I like the way you worked the parable into it as well.

Great stuff!

MB said...

Here via Daily Art Muse. I cried. Such a beautiful little piece of animation, so full of symbolic meaning.

Mark Bonica said...

You do beautiful work. I look forward to future postings.

This Recycled Life said...

Congratulations on your graduation - I love your thesis! Thank you for sharing.

Kyrstin said...

I really love your animation project. The visuals are stunning, and the story really resonates. Very nice job, and congratulations! :)

sa said...


Sean Patrick Richards said...

Thats frickin awesome! Bravo :D

june said...


Congratulations!!!! You're short film is amazing and really moved me.... You're excellent. Full of talent.

Greetings from Spain.


Lindsey, you made me cry with this is so beautiful, so tender, so full of hope and love...I really need it to see something like that, now I feel brand new! Creativity is a God gift...and this is the right way to use it! Congratulations!

Winz said...

ms. olivares, this is the main reason why youve become my inspiration. you bring together faith and art in such creative way (currently learning to do this too to my artworks ........not easy *sigh)

all glory to Him!

cheers from australia/indonesia

Dattaraj Kamat said...

Wow!! Beautiful film...loved the design,style n concept! Congratulations!

Tatsuang said...

Hello Lindsey,

I saw your work and it's amazing!! I'm just wondering on how did you work on your textures? If it's possible, would you mind do some tutorial? I'm trying to learn stylized texturing for 3d and your work is like the perfect example of it!

Thank you Lindsey!

smaboy said...

This your graduation film is awsome, beautiful, gorgeous... I do love it. I've wacthed many times and it always touch deep. Thank you so for have done it and even more, for have been sharing it.

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