Master’s Research Project

 
 
 
 

Perinatal Mental Health

Mental health issues are common during the perinatal period, but in spite of their prevalence, many women with perinatal mental illness remain undiagnosed and untreated. A number of barriers prevent these women from seeking help. The most common barriers include a lack of knowledge about the conditions and their symptoms, and feelings of shame and stigma.

This is the introductory animation in a planned series of three animations about perinatal mental health.

These animations created for pregnant and postpartum women aim to address these barriers. They can help inform women who are undiagnosed, and encourage them to seek treatment. They can educate women who have already been diagnosed so they can be better informed and more involved in the decision-making process for treatment. Furthermore, women can share the material with family and friends, which will help their social support circles become more knowledgeable and more understanding about their condition.

 

Tools
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects

Audience
Pregnant and postpartum women

Committee
Prof. Shelley Wall,
Prof. Marc Dryer,
Dr. Simone Vigod

 
 

 

Process

 

Script

I began by researching, then writing and revising a script.

 
 

Storyboards

After many iterations of the script, I started storyboarding to plan out an outline of the narrative. I sketched the storyboards in a simple style to allow me to go through quick iterations, and so I wouldn’t get too attached to any ideas that needed to be changed.

 
 
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Character Design

Since the characters are a very important component of my animation, I experimented with several different visual styles to find designs that are relatable, inclusive and appropriate. I wanted characters who were likable and who the audience could sympathize with.

The final character design then helped to inform the overall visual look of the animation.

 
 
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