The effect of the spirit of a space on animation design: “Our Eskişehir” student animation movie

Alicenap Ç., ARSLAN Y.

International Journal of Visual Design, vol.11, no.2, pp.19-36, 2017 (Scopus) identifier


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).