Animator's hell : an animation inspired by Sartre's other

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2012
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Kaya, Dilek
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Bilkent University
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Animation is a form that allows the animator to enter a world of impossibilities. Things that are hard or impossible to show in live action become easier or possible in animation. The animator as a subject animates an object that has no life, soul and movement. So the whole relationship is between the subject and object. French philosopher Sartre, on the other hand, plays with the concepts of subject and object when he constructs his philosophy on existence especially in Other concept. When a man confronts with another one, he puts the other in an object form in his world. As the one does so, the other also does the same, i.e. puts the other in an object form. When they confront and become objects for the other’s world they start judging each other. The Other, for this reason, is hell, according to Sartre. Animator’s Hell is a clay animation, which attempts to integrate Jean Paul Sartre’s concepts of subject - object relations and the Other into animation. It tells the story of an animator who defines an object for her animation but later faces with the fact that it is actually a subject. The characters in the film become hell for each other, and try to be recognized.

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Animation, Sartre, Other,, Subject, Object
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