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Chris Holliday

Chris Holliday

PhD Student 

Film Studies Department
King's College London
Norfolk Building
Strand Campus

Thesis Title

Beyond Infinity: The New Worlds of the Computer Animated Film.

Research Interests

  • film style
  • animation
  • CGI
  • computer animated film-making
  • film aesthetics
  • world creation.


My PhD interrogates the visual codes of the Hollywood computer animated film, focusing on the contradictory elements of aesthetic design, style and technique across a variety of texts, from Toy Story and Antz to The Polar Express and Beowulf. I will navigate my discussion of the CG film across the following issues: the status of the CG film as an emerging and diverse genre; the application of cinephilia, star voices and character design; the situating of computer animated films within the realm of fictional world creation in cinema (citing in particular the fragmentary nature of the virtual space); and examining digitally animated ‘performance’ with regards to traditions of animated sound and comedy. By using close textual analysis, my aim is to promote and provide a framework for a critical engagement with the contemporary computer animated film, suggesting new methods by which it may be analysed which consider the craft of animated practice.

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