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Lily Fang
Royal College of Art
Category: Animation
Work title: The Thing Under the Tree
Country: United Kingdom




After studying animation and painting at Harvard College, Lily Fang worked as a 3d animator at a motion graphics company in New York. Fang then moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art, where she further developed her skills as a storyteller, through embracing the art of stop frame puppet animation. Fang's films capture the childhood sense of awe through re-imagined mythic imagery and densely textured alien landscapes.

Gabby keeps bothering her older sister Tam to play with her, so Tam tells her a story about a monster that lives in the forest. "Whatever you do," Tam says, "you can't let it see your face." But then her phone rings, leaving the story unfinished, so Gabby goes in pursuit of the creature by herself.

Communication Objective
The Thing Under the Tree explores that bittersweet stage of childhood, when older siblings and friends outgrow or outpace one another, and no one wants to play the games which they used to love. Through the poetic imagery of childhood make-believe, an internal struggle is revealed. The stuggle lies between the desire for control and consistency, versus the acceptance of changes in life.

Tools used
After Effects was used to remove rigs and supports from the puppet animation, to create key and pivotal effects, and to color grade. Premiere was used to edit the film.

Adobe Tools
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Photoshop CS6

Thank you so much to my family, and to the RCA students and faculty for supporting me throughout this production.



Image 1 by Lily Fang
Image 2 by Lily Fang
Image 3 by Lily Fang
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