Date of Award

12-2010

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Motyl, H.D.

Second Advisor

Lewison, Sarah

Third Advisor

Martinez, Antonio

Abstract

In the fall of 2009, filmmaker and media artist Benjamin Wilson began a creative
investigation into the theme of childhood, which had been present in his previous work but not closely examined and reflected upon. Wilson combined his personal experiences as a child along with his budding interest in the field of children’s media in the creation of Holden, an animated short film. What began as an exploration of the emergence of self and identity in children also became a questioning of the idea of advertising to children through media and treating them as consumers. Wilson hopes to expand the concept into a larger series of work, with the story world that he created in Holden serving as a platform for children to learn life lessons.

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