Senior: Kaitlin Kau


Hello! My name is Kaitlin Kealapualani Kau. I have lived in Mililani for most of my entire life and graduated from Mililani High School. From there, I went straight to the University of Hawaii West Oahu (UHWO). My creative media journey did not start until my second semester at UHWO when I took my first two creative media classes. I have learned and created many different art forms since starting my journey. I learned to use programs I had never heard of before, such as Adobe After Effect and Adobe Audition, to make my first animation and my first podcast. I learned how to use Adobe Premiere to edit videos and even learned a bit of coding (which I had always wanted to learn). My journey through the creative media program also introduced me to screenwriting, where I discovered that I enjoy writing stories and working on scripts. Going through my creative media journey has helped me to increase my skills as an artist and in the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. In the end, this journey has helped me to discover myself as an artist and to develop an art style that is unique and meaningful to me. I am getting a degree in Creative Media with my concentration in General Creative Media. If I was an artist’s tool, I would be a canvas that has already started to be worked on. Attending this university, getting this degree, it has all played a part in shaping me into the artist I am. There is no way to know what my final piece will look like, I still have a long journey of discovery ahead of me, but my future is full of potential and possibilities.



Topic: Character Development in Media

Title: What Makes a Character?

Question: How do factors such as a character’s story, their traits, and their design influence how people perceive the likability of a fictitious character?

Abstract: Character plays an integral part in most people’s lives. From books to television to films to video games, people are exposed to characters in their everyday lives. Even the mascots that appear on cereal boxes can be classified as characters. Mascots are characters that have been created to help sell products. Like mascots, many of the characters that appear in other mediums are characters created by people, meaning they are fictitious characters. With exposure to many characters, almost every person has a favorite fictional character, but what makes people like these characters even though they are, in a sense, not real. What factors play a part in how people perceive the likability of a fictitious character? Throughout my project, I examined the elements of story, traits in the form of personality and physical, art style, and the multiple ways that people form connections to see how these factors affect the likability of fictitious characters.



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