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Unexpected Consequences

During my last couple of months at school I took a class in college called Time Based Digital Media. In this class we learn all the basics there is to After Effects so we can create our own animations. This class has finally come to an end and like most art classes we had a final project. Every project given to us had it’s very own theme and this one was ‘Unexpected Consequences.’ Each of us could interpret that any way we wanted and I went for a suspenseful feel.

 

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College Students’ Favorite Animated Films

College students, including myself, were asked the following:
Pick your favorite animated show/film and write a paragraph or two about what you like best about it, and what could make it better, in your opinion.. Does this film make you feel anything?

Here are the responses:

1. The Silence Beneath the Bark

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Stephanie Bicchetti (Me)

This is an animation I randomly found on youtube that really caught my eye. The style, to me, is very unique and appealing to the eye. It’s simple, yet filled with details. One thing that really draws you in are the characters. They aren’t anything realistic, but you do begin to fall in love with them. They are weird, but cute at the same time. The animation starts out with one of the creatures by the snowy trees. He seems a bit determined to help the tree, though we don’t have a single clue why. Later, he meets another character similar to him. They both begin to really like one another and their bond made me want to watch more. In a sense, everything seemed too perfect that I had to wait to see what would go wrong.

Another thing I admired about this film was the music. From experience, I have always struggled to find sound that fit my videos. The music was simple and gave you a sense of happiness, content, and curiosity. To get into more details on the style of this film, the use of textures and layering is what really inspires me. Throughout the film, the same textures are continued through the snow, trees, backgrounds, and etc. The textures are scratchy, yet soft and it gives the story a playful feeling. What I love most about the storyline is how it loops back to the beginning in a sense. While we are a bit confused in the beginning, it all makes sense in the end. I feel that the ending was something you’d expect to be sad and dramatic, but it turned out to be happy.

 

2. Lava

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Kaitlin Lunger

One thing I absolutely love about film is the fact that every piece is entirely open to interpretation based on the individuality of the person watching it. One of my favorite animated films would be the animated short,“Lava”, by Disney’s Pixar. I love the way it captivates the viewer by using a catchy song that synchronizes with the story line of a volcano who is looking for someone to love when in reality, there is another volcano who hears his song and is already in love with him. She just has to patiently await the day they can finally meet! The short takes you through a series of emotions as the two long to meet each other. I’m not sure that I would change anything in the short film. I think it was very well done and can target any age demographic because it’s simple and comprehensible but it’s also a “feel good” short film.

 

3. Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Crystal Vance

Kiki’s Delivery Service is an animated film written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1989 and dubbed in English in 1997. The movie follows the story of thirteen year old Kiki, a witch in training who sets out on her own to live in a small town and gain her independence. Kiki has to learn how to make friends in a town that’s unfamiliar with witches and to believe in herself even when it seems impossible. This has been one of my favorite films since I was a child and continues to be a favorite of mine to this day. The idea of a young girl striking out on her own to find herself always appealed to me and I found myself fascinated by Kiki’s adventure of self-discovery. Kiki’s sassy personality helped shape my sense of humor and her self-assuredness inspired my own confidence. I still cherish my original VHS tape and I don’t think I could change a single thing about Kiki’s Delivery Service because that would be like betraying my childhood. I think that happens a lot with the movies and shows from our childhood. They’re so wrapped in nostalgia that it makes it difficult to critique them. To me, Kiki’s Delivery Service will always be one of the best animated films ever made, whether that be because it’s actually a quality film or because I loved it as a child, I’ll never know.

 

4. Wallace and Gromit

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Jenna Hudson

I think one of my favorite animated show and movies is Wallace and Gromit. I remember watching it all the time when I was younger. Wallace and Gromit is done using clay and moving the clay and I think that is why I was so intrigued by it. When I first started watching the shows and movies of Wallace and Gromit I can remember watching an extra feature on how they exactly make and move everything and it was just so interesting to me. Until I had to think about what my favorite animated show was, I actually forgot about how much I use to love watching Wallace and Gromit. I think the thing I like best about it is that everything is all hand done and I think that that makes it even more special and intriguing.

 

5. Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs

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Alex George

After much consideration, I have decided to choose the animated film “Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs”. The reason I have chosen this animated film is because of the connection between the seven dwarfs from snow white and I believe a connection between little red riding hood but a little twist on the fairytale. I love the way the company incorporates some fairy tales and makes it their own. My favorite scene from the animation is probably when she takes off her clothes after a long day along with her shoes and the Dwarfs are watching from underneath the coffee table and when she takes of her shoes you see her transform from someone skinny to a bigger girl who sits down in her chair drinking her drink and says ahhh now I can breathe. I think from the trailer that I saw I think the only think I would change is at the end I would have the girl find the dwarfs  and start to scream back and forth to make it funnier because of the reaction that the audience would have if the girl had found out the dwarfs were watching/looking for her. It makes me laugh and have a good time it doesn’t look like it’s supposed to be a serious film just by the trailer that was put out.

 

6. Break The Ice

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Jack Clark

One of my favorite animated music videos is “Break The Ice” by Britney Spears which was released in 2008. Britney is my favorite singer, and while this music video may seem confusing to some, the strange side of the internet that loves conspiracy theories has come up with a very fascinating explanation for the video’s story. The video shows an animated Britney breaking into a cloning factory and destroying all of the clones of herself by blowing the place up in cinematic anime-action style. Pop culture conspiracy theorists have concluded through an extensive amount of research(seriously, there’s a lot) that Britney herself was cloned in real life by “Hollywood elites” who wanted to be able to control and profit off of Britney in any way they wanted. So therefore, the music video is seen as a rebellion of sorts against those who have cloned her in real life, but hidden under the surface of a harmless music video. Coincidentally, this was a song off of her Blackout album that she recorded during the peak of her media-induced public meltdown(s). While I’m not sure if I believe in all of this, it definitely makes me question why else she would make a video like this, and it makes me feel very empathetic towards the way she must have been feeling both musically and artistically at this point in her life. Either way, it’s a great music video and the animation is so random but so appealing at the same time for a Britney Spears music video!

 

7. Scooby-Doo

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Tori Siebecker

My all time favorite animated show is Scooby-Doo! Ever since I was little I have loved the show. While growing up I collected all the Scooby-Doo movies and watched all the different series and spinoffs. I loved the mystery of not knowing who the “bad guy” was and trying to put the clues together and guess along the way. I also enjoyed that there was a supernatural theme, and I believe that shaped some of my interests today. Though most of the different series have been great and the different producers have kept the original characters looks and personalities mostly the same; the most recent series Be Cool, Scooby-Doo does not vibe with the franchise of the past. I do not like this new version of the characters and I believe that creators should have never been allowed to alter them as they did. I have not watched this series because of it. If the series was more like the original I would have. Though Scooby-Doo did not make me feel a certain way growing up other than being happy and enjoyment from the show; I now feel nostalgic anytime I watch it.

 

 

8. The Scarecrow

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Lemane Banushi

Chipotle’s ‘The Scarecrow’ advertisement is my favorite animated clip. What I like best about the advertisement is the song: pure imagination by Fiona Apple. The clip reminds me of my childhood in the 90’s.This clip also brings attention to the food industry’s disgusting treatment of animals and because of this I am motivated to spread their message. I love that this clip is very original and keeps up with Chipotle’s previous advertisements, such as their ‘Back to the start; ad. I like that Chipotle is driven to provide healthy meats without cruelty to the animals.

 

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Lycoming College Senior Art Show

On April 7, 2017 I finally had my senior art show. Every year the senior art students at Lycoming College come up with a thesis and create any type of art they desire. Since I am finally a senior I decided to work with animation and claybords. Aside from my actual senior project, I also worked on our senior show poster and postcards. Below is the final copy of our poster and my postcard. Following that will be my artist statement and final project.

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“Artists:
Stephanie Bicchetti(ME), Conor Chopey, Samantha Cutrona, Emma Daniels, Nicole Gerling, Connor Gunsser, Carissa Guthrie, Sophie Herzing, Corrine Kline, Lin Nazzaro, Rachel Parthemer, Jessica Tayson, Joseph Troxler, Emily Wickizer, and Cody Williams.

The Lycoming College Juried Senior Show is the culmination of the thesis project for all seniors with a major in studio art. All studio art majors are required to produce a cohesive body of professional work, and must be chosen to exhibit in the senior show by an outside juror in order to graduate. The Juror for the 2017 Senior Show was Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton University.

My Senior Thesis:

My animations and claybords dictate an expressionistic visual style with multiple hidden emotions. I have an appreciation of form and strong, exaggerated textures. As an artist, I am essentially interested in creating work that involves the viewers to think and question. With that in mind, different color palettes, motions, and textures were used in expression.

My animations consist of playful and twisted styles with a focus on pace and structure. In my claybords, I took these ideas and express them into abstract shapes and textures. Each work produced shows my personal conflicting thoughts.

Process plays a major role in my work. Aimlessly working with music resulted in art. Music helps with my expression of emotion and while it started out unintentionally, it soon became my focus. As a result, my work is a deeper look into the beauty and imperfections of hidden human emotions.

 

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(More photos to come!)

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Bill the Plant (work in progress)

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I Was Born With Cataracts

When I was about 4 or 5 years old I found out I had cataracts. I was going into Kindergarten and needed to schedule a doctors appointment. Now I don’t particularly remember all of this, so I am kind of speaking from what I was told by my parents. Apparently when I was getting my eyes checked, the doctor noticed something strange when she shined the light in my right eye. So I had to schedule an actual eye exam to figure out what was up. I don’t exactly remember the moment of finding out, nor did I really understand what was going on at the time. I never noticed anything was wrong with my eyesight because I thought I could see the same way as everyone else.

It is pretty rare to be born with cataracts so I always struggled with my eye doctor growing up. I loved them, but my situation was very hard to understand. I was born with congenital cataracts. A congenital cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that is present at birth. Did I mention I have more than one in my right eye? Yeah. I don’t have the greatest vision. I grew up having to go to the eye doctor twice a year to make sure my cataracts weren’t affecting my good eye (my left eye). Anything you could possibly have done to your eye I probably had. I basically grew at the eye doctors.

School was probably my biggest challenge having cataracts. I always failed my eye exams at school and the nurse never understood why. It blew her mind that I could be wearing glasses/contacts and still fail the eye exam. In class, I always needed to sit in the front of the class just so I could see the board. Though we usually sat in alphabetical order which meant I was always in the front row, so I can’t really complain.

The one thing I hated the most about my cataracts were probably the fact that I had glasses. I always loved the way glasses looked on other people, but not myself. I never got teased or anything for wearing glasses, but I couldn’t help but feel self conscience. I even do still to this day. I actually wouldn’t wear glasses until about 3rd grade. I hated them so much that I begged my parents for contacts when I hit 7th grade. This was around the time that I started experimenting with makeup. I never did anything crazy, but me learning to put makeup on and learning to put contacts in really didn’t mix. It’s part of the reason I actually don’t wear makeup. I was constantly getting eyeshadow or eyeliner in my contacts. I give everyone props that wears makeup and contacts.

Now heres the weird thing about wear glasses or contacts…they don’t actually correct my cataracts. I only wear glasses/contacts to keep my good eye from getting worse. Can you see how frustrating it is to have to wear glasses that don’t even help you see in both eyes? Yeah. I know. My whole life I never let it get to me too much, because I am so use to it that I forget sometimes there’s even something wrong with my vision, even though I am fairly blind in one eye.

I kind of wish people knew more about cataracts for the simple fact I am constantly being asked for my glasses to ‘see how blind’ I am. My eyesight isn’t something you can just compare to anyone else’s and I am not saying my eyesight is even the worst. Some people can’t see at all and I am grateful for the vision that I do have, but having people try my glasses on all the time and telling me ‘your vision isn’t that bad’ is kind of annoying. You don’t know my vision and I don’t know yours.

I am far from an expert when it comes to congenital cataracts. I feel like I am learning something new every time I get my yearly check ups. For awhile I always talked about getting eye surgery in hopes of correcting my vision. My eye doctor never seemed like it would be a good idea but I never lost hope. Recently I started going to a new eye doctor who seemed like she knew more about my cataracts. I spoke with her about surgery and was told that it probably wouldn’t correct my vision due to the fact that my cataracts are very deep in my eye, plus I am at a high risk for glaucoma (a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight). I’m not gonna lie, it sucked to hear that there is nothing i can do, but that’s not why I am writing this. I am not writing this for sympathy or anything like that, but rather to inform (from the little knowledge that I know about my cataracts) or inspire. While everything I told you really sucks, it can always be worse. This is something I have lived with my whole life. It has been a long 22 years, but honestly it doesn’t really phase me. I get to see the world in a way no one else can. It’s something that makes me unique from everyone else. I don’t think I’d be me without it.

Embrace your imperfections.

 

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Music You Need In Your Life

I am such a music nerd it’s not even funny. I literally search for new music every single week. I always want to find the best of the best whether it’s top artists or artists you never even heard of. One thing I love doing is hearing what other people enjoy listening to, in hopes to give me new music to listen to. While I have my current favorites and all-time favorites, these are a few songs that I feel need more attention at the moment. Before you see the artist and decide to skip, why not give it a listen to? You might be surprised!

1. Versace On The Floor – Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars finally came out with a new album and I couldn’t be happier. This song is definitely one of my favorites to sing in the shower. His voice is always amazing but this song really shows his talent. If you haven’t already heard this on the radio, then you are missing out.

2. Champagne and Pools – Hoodie Allen ft. Blackbear & KYLE


Hoodie Allen is so talented and I wish more people listened to his music. I have never heard of KYLE, but Blackbear is another underrated artist that deserves so much more attention. All of their styles coming together is the perfect mix for anyone to like.

3. Make Me (Cry) – Noah Cyrus ft. Labrinth

DOESN’T SHE SOUND LIKE MILEY?! The second I heard this song I fell in love with it. It has a very unique style and I am obsessed. I’m surprised I haven’t broken the replay button yet.

4. Make Love – Chris Brown


I’ve always been a fan of Chris Brown’s music. After his song ‘Back To Sleep’ I thought for sure I’d never love another song as much as I loved that one, but this song proved me wrong. I absolutely love the background music and obviously his amazing vocals. If Chris Brown isn’t really your thing, I still highly recommend giving this song a listen to.

5. Body Moves – DNCE

I MISS THE JONAS BROTHERS. Thankfully Nick and Joe Jonas still make music. While Nick will always be my favorite, this song is SO GOOD. This is one of my more upbeat favorite shower songs. Be careful though. Too much jamming in the shower could be dangerous!

6. Heaven – Troye Sivan ft. Betty Who

I’ve followed Troye Sivan for awhile now and he always seems to amaze me. Even if his music isn’t quite your taste, PLEASE WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO. Most of his music videos are very emotional and powerful, but this might have topped his past ones. With everything that is going on in the world, this song and video is what we all needed. Great job, Troye.

7. Guys My Age – Hey Violet


I don’t know about you, but this song is way too relatable. Just about all of my exes come to mind when I listen to this and it has such a good vibe. We need more girl groups like this!

8. Livin’ On Love – AJR


Remember that overplayed but catchy asf song called I’m Ready? Ya know, the one with Spongebob in it? THIS IS THEM. I love every single song they come out with and even though ‘I’m Ready’ went viral, they need more attention. These are three very talented brothers and I look forward to each song release.

9. Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya


I couldn’t relate to a song more than I do to this. I wasn’t feeling it the first few times I heard it, but the lyrics really started to grow on me. I think they are actually very powerful and I wish it was more recognized for that rather than just being another catchy song.

10. In The Name Of Love – Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha


My all time favorite car ride song. I couldn’t even begin to explain why I am so obsessed with this song, but I am. You have definitely heard this on the radio, but for some reason will never feel overplayed to me.

11. Bad Things – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello


I’m not gonna lie, I actually hated this song at first. But after the third time, I was hooked. I really hope they do more music together because this is the collaboration I needed.

12. Rumours – Gnash ft. Mark Johns


This is my Sunday afternoon song. I listen to this when I am doing last minute homework on Sundays. It’s honestly quite soothing and relaxes all of my stress away.

13. Gingerbread Man – Melanie Martinez


I know what you are thinking, this sounds creepy. BUT IT’S SO GOOD. I promise, give this song a chance. It’s so catchy and the lyrics are quite clever. Actually, all of her songs are quite clever. If you enjoy this song, I recommend her Crybaby album!

14. Ruin – Shawn Mendes


Shawn Mendes is such an amazing artist and just about every song he has ever come out with has been a favorite of mine. This is my favorite of his newer music. It’s a tad different from his other songs and I love it. Shawn always write such sweet but also emotional songs, but don’t we need some of that in our playlist?

15. Cruel – Snakehips ft. Zayn

I know…RIP 1D, but Zayn is doing quite well on his own. I’m actually a huge fan of his solo album. This song might not actually be a part of that album, but you have to admit it’s still good. Try and listen to this without dancing. You can’t? I KNOW. Thank you, Zayn, for not leaving the music business.

If you are currently reading this, please comment with some of your favorite songs! I love hearing new song suggestions. Music is something that everyone loves and asking someone their favorite song can actually teach you a lot about a person. I don’t know what life would be like without music.

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A Letter to All the Boys I’ve Loved

Dear the first,

You have taught me so much over the years. You’ve watched me grow. You’ve encouraged me to do what I want and become what I want. I always feel loved and I will forever be thankful of that. I feel like I can always be myself and I know no man will ever care about me more than you do. I love you, Dad.

Dear the second,

Where do I begin? You taught me that I can’t fix everything, but that’s okay. You taught me that I deserve so much more than what I have. You taught me that I will always have a place in life, even if I thought otherwise. I know if I ever needed to that I could go to you. We had our ups and definitely our downs. I can’t say you are perfect in the slightest though. I never knew someone could care so much about me while also caring so less about me. I do believe in second chances, but I am not a believer in third times the charm. You may have hurt me the most, but you left one of the biggest impacts on my life and I can’t help but thank you for that.

Dear the third,

You are seriously the best. The fact that you’ve stuck around this long is actually surprising. Never in a million years would I think that we’d be this close still. You literally saw me at my best and worst. I hope you know how grateful I am for all the memories we have shared and that I am always up for the next adventure. I know I suck at staying in touch but I’m glad that no matter how much time has past that we can still pick right back up at where we left off. We may fight until the end of time, but hey, I never had a brother and aren’t siblings suppose to fight this much? We may be miles apart at times, but never forget I am always here!

Dear the fourth,

You made me strong. I thought I deserved nothing better than what you had to offer. I put up with so much that I eventually became brainwashed. I was slowly becoming someone I was not. I cried. Boy, did I cry a lot, but I am strong. You gave me so much strength that I didn’t know I had. I know now that I deserve so much more than what I was putting up with. Without you I wouldn’t know my self worth. Thank you for being a jerk. It showed me that I could handle anything.

Sincerely,

Steph

These four short letters aren’t just four individual people, but a combination of a few. While some of us have encountered not-so-great people in our lives, I do believe there is always a bright side to everything. I am thankful for all the wonderful and horrible people I have met in my life. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.

I was inspired by a YouTube video I watched by Alexa Losey. If you want to check out her video:

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College As Told By The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton has always been my favorite novel. It has so many inspiring quotes that I think we can all relate to in some way. These are just a few of my favorite quotes that I think can relate to college students:

1. “It’s okay… We aren’t in the same class. Just don’t forget that some of us watch the sunset too.” (p. 46)

In college, you make a lot of new friends with various different majors. Having different majors with your friends mean you aren’t always going to take the same classes and it almost feels like forever until you see them again.

2. “We’re all cried out now. We’re getting’ used to the idea. We’re gonna be okay now.” (p. 75)

College can get very overwhelming. Such a new environment and huge work load that we aren’t use to. Sometimes you just gotta let it out, but you adjust. You will get use to the amount of work. I have and I can definitely say I am okay. It was a hard transition at first but after multiple breakdowns, you become stronger. You learn how to manage time and stress altogether.

3. “I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay.” (p. 66)

I can definitely say college is my home. You meet people you love, you’re still being fed, you have an awesome roommate, and you’re learning about your passions. What more could you possibly want?

4. “Things are rough all over.” (p. 118)

Yes, they are. College is rough. Pulling all-nighters and skipping meals just to get work done. We’ve all been there.

 

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Jim Thorpe Attractions

These are just a few of the amazing attractions in little Jim Thorpe.

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Constant Struggles Only Art Majors Will Understand

1. Constantly defending your major

 

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I could go on a full rant about how important Art majors are. Without art, you’d literally have nothing to look at, nothing to wear, etc. I shouldn’t have to go into full detail to get my point across.

2. Completing a project that you actually like for once only to find out during critique that everyone’s looks so much better

 

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There’s nothing worse than feeling super confident about your work until you compare to everyone else’s during critique.

3. Constantly being asked dumb questions like “So can you draw me?”

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No Becky. Just because I am an art major, doesn’t mean I can just sit down and draw you. Stop asking me to just draw everything that comes to your mind. I’M MORE THAN A DRAWER

4. Trying to explain your art piece to a non-art student…

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Telling someone that your piece isn’t a particular object and it going completely over their head. IT’S SUPPOSE TO BE ABSTRACT PEOPLE.

5. Ruining just about all of your clothes from paint, glue, plaster, etc.

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Unfortunately we have to accept the fact that we will never have nice clothes.

6. 3 HOUR CRITIQUES.

 

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I can’t stress how tiring this actually is…

7. Spending more money on art supplies than you do on your textbooks for other classes

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Well, there goes $200 on just paint alone.

 

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