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In collaboration with Night Lights Denver, Projecting Acceptance is a capstone project created by Sarah MacDonald and Aidan Quade, both undergrads in the Creative Technology and Design program at University of Colorado Boulder.


Projecting Acceptance is an animated short film we created with the intent of projecting onto the Daniels & Fisher tower in Denver. We hope to use this public display in order to adress the issue of addiction in our community and inspire more understanding mindsets towards those suffering or involved. The animation itself is representative of the stigma that lead many dealing with addiction to feel ostracized from society.


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Using the architecture of the Daniels & Fisher tower with a projection mapping technique, the animation is an analogy for the feelings of being trapped and left behind as certain certain individuals get stuck inside the windows and are ignored by the passing crowd. The perspective of ignoring or rejecting the issue leads to a negative self destructive cycle as the characters in the window break apart slowly when left alone. However, when we see members of the crowd take the approach of acceptance and inclusion into the community, the trapped individuals are able to break free and recover to participate positively to the group.


Aidan Quade

Creative Technology Design major and Space minor at CU Boulder with interests in sound design, web design, game development and physical computing/fabrication.

Sarah MacDonald

Creative Technology Design and Film major at CU Boulder with interests in design, animation and video production.


David Moke - Night Lights Denver

- Projection and event planning

Chris Osborn - Cinema Studies CU Boulder

- Animation and Storyboard guidance

Narcotics Anonymous Members - Denver NA Branch

- Audience sensitivity and research


Aidan Quade:
Sarah MacDonald
Located in Boulder, Colorado