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.

Production Crew

Film by: Raymond McCarthy Bergeron

Original Music Score: Stephen J. Bullen

Model Artist (Physical): Brett Wilson

Sound Design: Maria Mejía-Yepes

Character Design: Gloria Arteaga

Voice Actress: Colleen Horan

Voice Actor: Alex Bone

Awards & Recognition

Best Animation – Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival (2016)

Best of Vimeo Reel – True/False Film Festival (2016)

Vimeo Staff Pick (2015)

Best Experimental Animation – The International Festival of Animated Arts Multivision (2015)

Honorable Mention – After Hours Film Society 2015, Say It In Eight Student Film Festival (2015)

Honorable Mention (Student Category) – ASIFA-East Animation Festival (2015)

Best Experimental – Sunset Film Festival (2015)

3rd Place Experimental Short Film Competition- International Animation Festival Chilemonos (2015)

Jury Award for Creative Achievement – Arizona International Film Festival (2015)

Best Animated Short – Plum Tuckered Film Festival (2015)

Remi Gold Award – WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (2015)

Best Experimental – Living Skies Student Film Festival (2015)

Best Animated Short – Big Muddy Film Festival (2015)

Design/Look Development Award Commendation – Animex Awards (2015)

Silver Telly in ‘Film/Video – Non-Broadcast Productions – 36th Annual Telly Awards (2015)

Gold Award in Animation Category – Pixie Awards (2014)

Best Animation – Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival (2016)

SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival (2015)

Little Cinema No. 7 – Birdman Remixed Feat. King Koala (Live) (2016)

The London International Animation Festival (2015)

Columbus International Film + Video Festival (2015)

Cut To The Chase Film Festival (2015)

Sacramento Film & Music Festival (2015)

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (2015)

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival (2015)

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (2015)

Orchard Lea Film Festival (2015)

MashRome Film Fest (2015)

The Americas Film Festival New York (2015)

World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb (2015)

ArtSpring at Cottrill’s Opera House (2015)

Universe Multicultural Film Festival (2015)

ANIMAZE – Montreal International Animation Film Festival (2015)

Florida Film Festival (2015)

Ivy Film Festival (2015)

Annapolis Film Festival (2015)

Johns Hopkins Film Festival (2015)

Siouxland Film Festival (2015)

Animac (2015)

San Francisco Independent Film Festival (2015)

Blue Sky Animation Festival (2015)

Grace Film Festival (2015)

Tally Shorts Film Festival (2015)

Aakruti International Film Festival (2014)

Imagine Science Film Festival at STATE Festival (2014)

WV FILMmakers Festival (2014)

Loop de Loop at Nick Animation Studio (2014)

Loop de Loop at BlankSpace Studio (2014)

Loop de Loop at Knox Bar (2014)

Loop de Loop at Loop Bar (2014)

RIT Honor Show (2014)

Croq’Anime Festival du Film d’Animation de Paris (2014)

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 (

Re÷Belief Trailer – By Lester Banks (

Watch a Short Movie With 3D Printed Objects – By Jelmer Luimstra (

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 (

Bekijk een filmpje dat gemaakt is met 3D-geprinte objecten – By Maarten Verkoren (

Enhancing the Art of the Zoetrope with 3D Printing in Short Film, ‘re-belief’ – By Bridget Butler Millsaps (

re÷belief ein komplett 3D-gedruckter Stop Motion Film – (

re÷belief is a Completely 3D-Printed Stop Motion Masterpiece – By Jakob (

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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