Jumana Al Hashal, Communication / MCDM
Masters Graduation Project (Kan Ya Ma Kan)
Animated films were a very important part of my childhood. I associated with the characters and projected their environment and culture as my own only to find out when I moved to Canada at the age of 16 that the Arabic those beloved characters spoke was dubbed in Baghdad. What I have loved for so long was Anime, Japanese animations and cartoons, dubbed into my mother tongue. As a storyteller and a student of communication, I have become increasingly interested in uncovering my culture’s own stories that were suppressed in mass media at all stages. My interest in animation really is to be able to explore the film medium at its purest: frame by frame. With the current digital models of distribution and the availability of both professional and amateur software and hardware to the average consumer, the field animation has seen a lot of changes, witnessed creative uses of the technology, and the rise of a host of styles and looks that embrace the crudeness of amateur production. Don Hertzfeldt’s animations are a shining example of this change. I am undertaking this quarter’s research as part of my proposed graduation project. I anticipate to need at least one more independent study and about a year’s worth of work to complete culminating in the production of a short animated piece. I am interested in researching traditional (& forgotten) Arabic folk tales and re-telling them in a modern animated format, this part will culminate in a story synopsis and a first draft of a script. I also need to explore some animation tools, learn modern animation techniques, learn about the history and the evolution of the medium through a series of individual technical assignments. I will be seeking assistance from people within the community and througout the university and welcome the support of CARTAH at any and all stages of the project.