The Effect of the Spirit of a Space on Animation Design: “Our Eskişehir” Student Animation Movie

By Cigdem Tas Alicenap and Yasin Arslan.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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Space is not a simple definition framed as an architectural place or a limited area; space is more extensive. In art fields such as cinema and animation, space is a living and evolving element in terms of narration. Space can function in different forms. It can either be the main theme of the narration or decor/background of the story. It may act as a preventive element affecting the events and fates of the characters in the story while it may play a role as an assistive element. Therefore, space becomes a main character in the storyline. Space design is a part of the concept space design and has a dramatic function during the writing process. Thus, it becomes a main element of the plotline. Some artists in the animation field will travel to other countries and geographies to experience the spirit of a certain space and transfer those impressions onto the story. Through the example of a student animation movie named “Our Eskişehir” completed in an introduction to video course, this study examines the effects of a space and its influence on the spirit of spaces and stories of spaces in relation to animation design (space-character and story design).

Keywords: Animation, Space, Story Design, Image of the City

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.19-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.093MB).

Dr. Cigdem Tas Alicenap

Assist. Prof. Dr., Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Animation, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

Assist. Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Taş Alicenap is an academic member of Anadolu University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Animation Department. She completed her undergraduate degree at Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences, Department of Cinema and Television on 25/07/2003. Then she completed her masters degree at Anadolu University, Department of Communication on 28/06/2006, and her PhD at Anadolu University, Social Sciences Institute Department of Cinema and Television on 16/10/2012. Her fields of study are cinema, cartoons, animation, manga, and intercultural studies.

Yasin Arslan

Research Assistant, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Animation, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey