Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

James Livingston

Thesis Professor Department

Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital Media

Thesis Reader(s)

Marty Fitzgerald, Greg Marlow


As movies, television shows, and other forms of media have progressed over the last century, the use of destruction sequences as a form of entertainment have seemingly grown exponentially. From ginormous explosions to cities collapsing, more destruction sequences have drawn people’s attention in ways that are quite captivating. However, as content producers continue to push the limit of what is possible, the reliance on practical effects starts to dwindle in comparison to the usage of computer generated scenes. This thesis acknowledges the trend and dissects the entire process of how a general destruction sequence is made, from the research and planning process to the actual simulation of the effects. Various methods are discussed in how to attempt the creation of destruction with a singular project in mind. The goal is to not only to complete the sequence, but to do so in an efficient manner that can rival a professional workflow.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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