DMA students present 'Boxed' at arts festival

Huntington, Ind.—Oct. 27 and 28, students from Huntington University presented a short animated film at Wheaton College’s “LEAST” festival.

“LEAST” features student artists responding to poverty and AIDS through theater, photography, dance, film, visual arts, music and writing.

Nuria Bagley, a postgraduate student pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, junior Tyler Welker of Wooster, Ohio; and sophomore Brian Thompson of Maplewood, Minn., created “Boxed” in their Principles of Digital Animation II class, taught by Steve Leeper, instructor in digital media arts.

“Boxed” follows a girl coming home from school. She watches two of her friends get off at their homes, which are both depicted as upper-middle class. As the bus stops the third time and she gets off, the audience assumes that she has arrived at a house similar to the other children’s homes. Instead, when the bus pulls away, it is revealed that the girl lives in a much poorer community of cardboard boxes.

“Our film is titled ‘Boxed’ because it resembles the style we used of flat layers and bas-relief, the connotation of the girl’s situation, and the fact that all of us really live in boxes – it’s just a matter of size and materials,” Bagley said.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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