Overview

re÷belief, is a 3D Printed, hand crafted, zoetropic short-film that asks if recalling memories can break a cycle. A Graduate Student produced Thesis, completed for the MFA in Film and Animation Program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation.

Much of this film is a personal story that recalls nine very specific instances of my life. These are memories that have repeatedly haunted me throughout my youth and adulthood. The memories regularly reflected times of bliss mixed with sullen, miserable moments.

Ultimately, the story thread focuses on cycles, and choosing 3D printed zoetropes as the metaphor and medium within a short film seemed perfect to share a story about childhood, religion and relationships. After all, ‘Zoe’ translates as ‘life’ and ‘trope’ is a reoccurring motif. 3D Printing, handcrafting and manufacturing these zoetropes are physical representations that impart a physicality within this film.

It is hoped that while watching this experimental, filmed animation, the viewer would allow their own life experiences, moments and feelings to emerge and discover the resonances of the film’s themes within their own memories or consciousness.

Upcoming Events & Screenings

[Last Updated August 1, 2016]

The film completed officially May 31st, 2014 and is making it’s way to galleries, conferences and festivals globally. Currently, the following is a list of confirmed events:

Festivals & Awards

Best Animation – Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival – October 16, 2016 (Auckland, New Zealand)

Best of Vimeo Reel – True/False Film Festival – March 3 – 6, 2016 (Columbia, Missouri)

Vimeo Staff Pick – December 23, 2015

Best Experimental Animation – The International Festival of Animated Arts Multivision – October 24 – November 30, 2015 (St.Petersburg, Russia)

Honorable Mention – After Hours Film Society 2015, Say It In Eight Student Film Festival – May 17, 2015 (Downers Grove, Illinois)

Honorable Mention (Student Category) – ASIFA-East Animation Festival – May 17, 2015 (New York City, New York)

Best Experimental – Sunset Film Festival – May 16 – 17, 2015 (Los Angeles, California)

3rd Place Experimental Short Film Competition- International Animation Festival Chilemonos – May 5 – 10, 2015 (Santiago, Chile)

Jury Award for Creative Achievement – Arizona International Film Festival – April 9 – 26, 2015 (Tucson, Arizona)

Best Animated Short – Plum Tuckered Film Festival – April 25, 2015 (Thomas, West Virginia)

Remi Gold Award – WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival – April 10 – 19, 2015 (Houston, Texas)

Best Experimental – Living Skies Student Film Festival – March 6 – 7, 2015 (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Best Animated Short – Big Muddy Film Festival – February 24 – March 1, 2015 (Carbondale, Illinois)

Design/Look Development Award Commendation – Animex Awards – February 9 – 13, 2015 (Middlesbrough, United Kingdom)

Silver Telly in ‘Film/Video – Non-Broadcast Productions – Student’ Category – 36th Annual Telly Awards

Gold Award in Animation Category – 2014 Pixie Awards

Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival – October, 2016 (Auckland, NZ)
Little Cinema No. 7 – Birdman Remixed Feat. King Koala (Live) – March 1, 2016 (Brooklyn, NY)
The London International Animation Festival – December 4 – 13, 2015 (London, UK)
Columbus International Film + Video Festival – November 6 – 14, 2015 (Columbus, Ohio)
SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival – November 2 – 5, 2015 (Kobe, Japan)
Cut To The Chase Film Festival – September 18 – 20, 2015 (Shepherdstown, West Virginia)
Sacramento Film & Music Festival – September 9 – 17, 2015 (Rancho Cordova, California)
Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival – September 15 – 20, 2015 (Bristol, United Kingdom)
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival – August 25 – 29, 2015 (Los Angeles, California)
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – August 6 – 16, 2015 (Washougal, Washington)
Orchard Lea Film Festival – July 8 – 9, 2015 (Fareham, United Kingdom)
MashRome Film Fest – July 3 – 5, 2015 (Rome, Italy)
The Americas Film Festival New York – June 22 – 26, 2015 (New York City, New York)
World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb – June 9 – 14, 2015 (Zagreb, Croatia)
ArtSpring at Cottrill’s Opera House – May 23, 2015 (Thomas, West Virginia)
Universe Multicultural Film Festival – April 17 – 19, 2015 (Rolling Hills Estates, California)
ANIMAZE – Montreal International Animation Film Festival – April 16 – 19, 2015 (Montreal, Quebec)
Florida Film Festival – April 10 – 19, 2015 (Central Florida, Florida)
Ivy Film Festival – April 6 – 12, 2015 (Providence, Rhode Island)
Annapolis Film Festival – March 26 – 29, 2015 (Annapolis, Maryland)
Johns Hopkins Film Festival – February 26 – March 1, 2015 (Baltimore, Maryland)
Siouxland Film Festival – February 26 – 28, 2015 (Sioux City, Iowa)
Animac – February 19 – 22, 2015 (Lleida, Spain)
San Francisco Independent Film Festival – February 5 – 19, 2015 (San Francisco, California)
Blue Sky Animation Festival – February 2 – 6, 2015 (Wooster, Ohio)
Grace Film Festival – January 31, 2015 (San Francisco, California)
Tally Shorts Film Festival – January 2, 2015 (Tallahassee, Florida)
Aakruti International Film Festival – November 29, 2014 (Mumbai, India)
Imagine Science Film Festival at STATE Festival – October 30 – November 2, 2014 (Berlin, Germany)
WV FILMmakers Festival – October 3-6, 2014 (Sutton, WV, USA)
Loop de Loop at Nick Animation Studio – October 3, 2014 (Los Angeles, California)
Loop de Loop at BlankSpace Studio – October 1, 2014 (Adelaide, Australia)
Loop de Loop at Knox Bar – September 30, 2014 (Sydney, Australia)
Loop de Loop at Loop Bar – September 30, 2014 (Melbourne, Australia)
RIT Honor Show – September 20, 2014 (Rochester, NY, USA)
Croq’Anime Festival du Film d’Animation de Paris – September 10-14, 2014 (Paris, France)

Conferences & Presentations

Shapeways Live with Raymond McCarthy Bergeron – Presentation and Q&A – January 6, 2016 (Manhattan, NY, USA)
Laika Entertainment – Presentation and Q&A – August 13, 2015 (Hillsboro, OR, USA)
RCTV – Interactive and Coding Guest Speaker – July 30, 2015 (Rochester, NY, USA)
Official Opening of the Champlain College Maker Lab – October 3, 2014 (Burlington, VT, USA)
Visiting Artist Lecture at UMBC – October 1, 2014 (Baltimore, MD, USA)
Shapeways “Lunch and Learn” series – Factory – August 15, 2014 (Queen City Island, NY, USA)
Shapeways “Lunch and Learn” series – Manhattan Office – August 14, 2014 (Manhattan, NY, USA)
IFP and Shapeways: Animation Goes 3D with the Made in NY Media Center – August 14, 2014, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Installations

Moscow Solyanka Gallery: “Ceiling” – Animation Video-Exhibition. – July 22 – September 21, 2015 (Moscow, Solyanka)
Gallery 788, Z0: Digital Fabrication & the New Language of Materiality – June 2014 (Baltimore, MD, USA)

News and Mentions

Experimental about love in stop-motion – By Rob Munday (Short of the Week)
This hypnotic stop-motion short film was handcrafted from 3D-printed props – By Mimi Launder (Digital Arts Online)
Un film en plastique – (ARTE Tracks)
Anomalisa, Stop-Motion Animation and How 3D Printers are Changing Filmmaking – By Christianne Hedtke (Filmmaker Magazine)
This Short Film About Memories Is Both Stunningly Gorgeous and Strangely Hypnotic – By Cheryl Eddy (io9)
Watch a Stunning 7-Minute Short Film Made Entirely with Zoetropes – By Beckett Mufson (The Creators Project)
Animated Film Created Using 3D-Printed Zoetropes – (Booooooom)
A Mesmerizing Short Film Featuring 3D Printed Zoetropes Representing the Profound Effect of Memories – By Lori Dorn (Laughing Squid)
CCM Alumnus creates work for Climate Summit – Kiera Hufford (Champlain College CCM News)
まさに「生命の輪」を意味するゾートロープ作品。そこに込められた思いとは。『re÷belief』 – By Daiki Yamakoshi (GIF Magazine CREM)
Une animation uniquement en zootropes imprimés en 3D (la boite verte)
‘Weird Planet’ Season 2, Episode 62 – 42 minutes in – aired on March 31, 2015 – Daily Planet (Discovery)
These Kinetic Sculptures are Like Beautiful Nightmares – By Maddie Stone (Gizmodo)
Watch A Vibrant Short Entirely Made From 3D-Printed Zoetropes – By Beckett Mufson (The Creators Project)
A Modern Spin on Vintage Animation: Digital film gets physical with 3D-printed zoetropes – By Doug Bierend (medium.com)
Re÷Belief Trailer – By Lester Banks (LesterBanks.com)
Watch a Short Movie With 3D Printed Objects – By Jelmer Luimstra (3Dprinting.com)
August 14: Animation goes 3D with the Made in NY Media Center – By Eleanor Whitney (Shapeways Blog)
Bekijk een korte film met 3D-geprinte objecten – By Redactie 3D PrintingClub (3dprintingclub.nl)
Bekijk een filmpje dat gemaakt is met 3D-geprinte objecten – By Maarten Verkoren (3dpxp.com)
Enhancing the Art of the Zoetrope with 3D Printing in Short Film, ‘re-belief’ – By Bridget Butler Millsaps (3DPrint.com)
re÷belief ein komplett 3D-gedruckter Stop Motion Film – (3DRuck.com)
re÷belief is a Completely 3D-Printed Stop Motion Masterpiece – By Jakob (3printr.com)
Animator Ray McCarthy Bergeron’s re÷belief short created from 3D-Printed Zoetropes #3DxAnimation #3DThursday #3DPrinting – By Matt (adafruit industries)
Tech Fashion Week’s, Future Health Comms & 3D Cars – By INITION

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Production Stills

Production Team

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron

Film by

Stephen J. Bullen

Stephen J. Bullen

Original Music Score

Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson

Model Artist (Physical)

Maria Mejía-Yepes

Maria Mejía-Yepes

Sound

Gloria Arteaga

Gloria Arteaga

Character Design

Colleen Horan

Colleen Horan

Voice Actress

Alex Bone

Alex Bone

Voice Actor