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MFA Posters and Abstracts:

All MFA students are to submit abstracts to the Society for Animation Studies and UCF's research week.

An abstract for the paper in the History of Animation & Visual Effects course should be submitted to SAS conference:

An abstract for the poster created in the Script and Story Development course should be submitted to UCF Research Week:

All Participants

  • Application abstracts must contain no more than 1,500 characters (with spaces)

  • If your proposal submission is accepted, you will be required to submit your poster image to the Student Scholar Symposium Webcourse

    • Details and poster guidelines will be sent after acceptance


  • Projects from all fields and disciplines are eligible for presentation.

  • All projects must have a clear focus (e.g. creative aim)

  • Research and creative works in progress are encouraged.

    • These include projects that have not yet attained final results or are still developing: presentations of initial results, research or project designs, field experiences, methodology discussions, and literature reviews.

  • Presentations of completed projects and final results are, of course, equally encouraged.

Below are examples of the Poster and the Poster Abstract

Posters should be designed  36 H X 48 W at 300 dpi


Danny McCabe

Mentor(s): Darlene Hadrika, MFA, School of Visual Arts and Design

School of Visual Arts and Design

College of Arts and Humanities

Emerging Media MFA - Animation and Visual Effects

Slapstick Sonata: A Musical Cartoon Starring Slapper the Cat

It’s auditions day for the city orchestra, but the uptight conductor never expected the zany antics of

bassist Slapper the Cat. This two minute animated short film comments upon the struggle of

musicianship between artistry and technique showcased in a synthesization of slapstick and visual

music. Funny animal characters portray human emotions in a physical way, suiting itself to the medium

of traditional style 2D animation. Studying the simple yet strong character design and fluid movement

of artists such as Ub Iwerks and the spontaneous absurdist storytelling of studios like Fleischer Bros

allows informed creative decisions to be made in this film’s rhythmic stylizations. A multidisciplinary

approach to the simultaneous creation of the music and visuals allows the aspect of animated musical

comedy to be explored in new and creative ways. Directors such as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng

developed boundary pushing techniques in the area of musical film including musically timing out

their films with exposure sheets containing precoded beat-per-minute indications. This gives the

musician a multitude of ways to alter the percievance of their sound given the image’s timing.

Marcos Carrasco

Mentor: Cheryl Briggs, MFA, School of Visual Arts and Design

School of Visual Arts and Design

College of Arts and Humanities

Emerging Media MFA - Animation and Visual Effects


Rubicon: An animated, live action and visual effects surrealistic short-film about art, migration and exile.  


Forced Self-Exile due to political instability is a tragedy that had affected people in different times of history. Today it shatters families and lives among my people touching me personally.  As a Venezuelan artist and MFA student in animation and Visual effects. I am picturing the feelings and struggle in a multidisciplinary new-media short-film combining animation, film, visual effects and theatre.  Rubicon pictures exile and forced self-exile from the point of view an artist. 

I am using live action in combination with animation and a surrealistic narrative approach in the style of films like Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel). An artist morphs into a bird and struggles to scape from his captor. The short-film uses animation, video projection, visual effects integration and a theater environment  to create poetic visual metaphors.  My short-film aims to express the healing power of art and it’s unique ability to erase borders. Migration is just a symptom of a bigger problem; freedom and the natural tendency of humans to search for it; even sometimes living everything behind.

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