Although “Parametric Expression” by Mike Pelletier is not the most masterful example of character animation or facial rigging (and this may certainly have been the artist’s intent), this piece does something extraordinary. Despite its “uncanny valley” qualities, the work manages to go beyond the push for perfection in CG animation and instead creates something much more interesting. The even cycle of emotions seen on the faces here, gives the viewer the sense that the expressions are routine, and not really being driven by real emotions felt by the character exhibiting them. However, some of these expressions contort the face in such a way that the “real” soul inside is trying to break out of the shell built around her. It is as if the routine cycle of expressions seen here is a metaphor for the masks we where in society. The complete destruction of the face during the cycle is jarring and exciting; again, reinforcing an act of catharsis or an attempt to escape the placid exterior. This is, of course, just my take on it, but I find this particular animation to be a really compelling way of exploring these ideas.