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Mdocs Poster-Fall 2018, Course Offerings, Jesse Wakeman 2018 Skidmore College

Mdocs Poster-Fall 2018, Course Offerings, Jesse Wakeman

MDOCS Publications

Fall 2018 Course Offerings:

Documentary Fundamentals:

  • Documentary Storytelling
  • Intro to Audio Documentary
  • Documentary and Narrative Screenwriting
Storytelling Toolkit:
  • Storytelling: Video
  • Storytelling: Game Development
  • Storytelling: Mapping
Topics Courses:
  • The Artist Interview
  • Festival Curation


The Essential New York City Films, Nikola M. Durkovic 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Essential New York City Films, Nikola M. Durkovic

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Films play significant part in the creation and preservation of the New York City’s image and must be consulted by anyone interested in exploring the City’s history and character. The essential New York films tell stories about New Yorkers and how they deal with their reality of extreme diversity and competition. In my opinion, there are six essential New York City films: Shadows (1959), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Manhattan (1979), and 25th Hour (2002). My goal is to explore the essential New York films and demonstrate how their content and ...


Sylvie Blum-Reid. Traveling In French Cinema. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016., Anne V. Cirella-Urrutia 2018 Huston-Tillotson University

Sylvie Blum-Reid. Traveling In French Cinema. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016., Anne V. Cirella-Urrutia

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Sylvie Blum-Reid. Traveling in French Cinema. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. viii + 237 pp.


Paul Cuff. Abel Gance And The End Of Silent Cinema: Sounding Out Utopia. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016., Margaret C. Flinn 2018 The Ohio State University

Paul Cuff. Abel Gance And The End Of Silent Cinema: Sounding Out Utopia. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016., Margaret C. Flinn

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Paul Cuff. Abel Gance and the End of Silent Cinema: Sounding Out Utopia. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xxxii + 241 pp.


Mia Park Interview, Justin Fernandez 2018 DePaul University

Mia Park Interview, Justin Fernandez

Asian American Art Oral History Project

Bio: Mia Park is a multidisciplinary artist acting, writing, playing music, producing events, teaching yoga, and volunteering in Chicago, IL. She shares her passion for discovery and self-inquiry with hope and optimism. Mia began professionally acting in 1997 hosting the cult favorite cable access dance show Chic-A-Go-Go. Her acting career has brought her on stage, in film, on television and on the radio. Mia currently plays the recurring character Nurse Beth Cole on NBC's Chicago Med. She has advocated for Asian American representation in acting since 2006 when she co-founded A-Squared Theatre and hosted educational theater workshops for the ...


Review Of Chris Ware: Conversations, Carly Diab 2018 Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Review Of Chris Ware: Conversations, Carly Diab

SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education

No abstract provided.


Review Of Pioneering Cartoonists Of Color, Carly Diab 2018 Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Review Of Pioneering Cartoonists Of Color, Carly Diab

SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education

No abstract provided.


Sharing Identity: Indexing Cultural Perspectives Through Writing Responses To Graphic Novels, Alex Romagnoli 2018 Monmouth University

Sharing Identity: Indexing Cultural Perspectives Through Writing Responses To Graphic Novels, Alex Romagnoli

SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education

Indexing identity through writing responses among ELL students in response to a graphic novel helps provide insight into how writing responses represent people and how graphic novels can aid in that process of self-discovery through their inherent multimodalities. This study takes looks at four students in an ELL class at an urban high school in southern Pennsylvania as they responded in writing to a portion of Will Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City (2006). All of the participants took events from the portion of the graphic novel provided to them and indexed their urban, cultural perspectives through ...


Pre-Service Teachers’ Perspectives On How The Use Of Toon Comic Books During Guided Reading Influenced Learning By Struggling Readers, Ewa McGrail, Alicja Rieger, Gina M. Doepker, Samantha McGeorge 2018 Georgia State University

Pre-Service Teachers’ Perspectives On How The Use Of Toon Comic Books During Guided Reading Influenced Learning By Struggling Readers, Ewa Mcgrail, Alicja Rieger, Gina M. Doepker, Samantha Mcgeorge

SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education

The study presented in this article examines the use of comic books, specifically the TOON comic books during guided reading instruction. The instruction was provided to struggling readers by the Literacy Center at a comprehensive university in southeastern United States. What most pre-service teachers in this study agreed upon was that comic books served as an effective tool for getting their students interested in reading. Reading comic books with tutors as partners in conversation with the struggling readers in this study was also a powerful medium for facilitating students’ literacy skills development, particularly in the areas of reading fluency and ...


Stranded At Sea: Photographic Representations Of The Rohingya In The 2015 Bay Of Bengal Crisis, Jenny Yeung, Caroline Lenette 2018 University of New South Wales

Stranded At Sea: Photographic Representations Of The Rohingya In The 2015 Bay Of Bengal Crisis, Jenny Yeung, Caroline Lenette

The Qualitative Report

Visual representations can contribute to shaping how the general public perceives and engages with issues of forced migration. In 2015, thousands of Rohingya became stranded in the Bay of Bengal when smugglers abandoned them on unseaworthy boats and regional governments refused their disembarkation. Their ordeal made headlines across the globe and photographs documenting the crisis were widely disseminated. This paper applies visual-social semiotics to four of these photographs from an Agence France-Presse public exhibition. Our analysis suggests that the features in the photographs transcend the conventional “threat versus victim” dualism that typically characterizes such representations, to capture both the suffering ...


The Buffered Slayer: A Search For Meaning In A Secular Age, Kari Willinger 2018 Liberty University

The Buffered Slayer: A Search For Meaning In A Secular Age, Kari Willinger

Masters Theses

Charles Taylor, in A Secular Age, claims that over time, modernity has given way to a new secular age, and with this new era comes cultural shifts in our perception of ourselves and the world. Given Taylor’s notion of a world haunted by transcendence, we can notice this haunting throughout aspects of modernity, especially in literature and entertainment where we can see authors and creators deal with issues of identity and morality from a purely modern perspective. Specifically, Taylor’s concepts connect with Buffy the Vampire Slayer because the characters in Buffy align with Taylor’s understanding of the ...


The Qur'anic Epic In Iranian Cinema (Farsi), Nacim Pak-Shiraz 2018 Senior Lecturer in Persian and FIlm Studies, University of Edinburgh

The Qur'anic Epic In Iranian Cinema (Farsi), Nacim Pak-Shiraz

Journal of Religion & Film

The representation of religious figures in Islam has become particularly controversial in recent years. The creation of religious films has, therefore, turned into a highly sensitive undertaking. Iranian cinema is one of the very few in the Muslim world to have employed this new medium in imagining and narrating stories of revered religious figures. In this article I examine the complex socio-political context of Iran to study the relatively late emergence of the epic genre in Iranian cinema. I then study the recent creation and development of ‘Qur’anic Films’ within Iranian cinema with specific reference to Kingdom of Solomon ...


Researcher Access To Born-Digital Collections: An Exploratory Study, Julia Y. Kim 2018 Library of Congress

Researcher Access To Born-Digital Collections: An Exploratory Study, Julia Y. Kim

Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

While a small, but growing number of institutions offer access to born-digital collections, there is scant literature documenting researcher interaction with these materials. This paper addresses this gap through documenting and analyzing researcher interactions to portions of born-digital collections at New York University (NYU) Libraries, with the cooperation of NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collection and the Digital Library and Technology Solutions Department, as well as the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program. From September 2014-May 2015, NYU Libraries began implementing an “access-driven” born-digital workflow for their 3 archives: Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU University Archives, and the ...


Wonder Woman: Classical Hero, Modern Superheroine, And Feminist Figure, Victoria A. Karnes 2018 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Wonder Woman: Classical Hero, Modern Superheroine, And Feminist Figure, Victoria A. Karnes

Celebration of Learning

Wonder Woman, an Amazonian princess and superheroine who has been inspiring women since her comic debut in 1941. From her origins to the villains she faces, Wonder Woman’s stories and character are wrapped up in allusions to famous myths and figures of Greek and Roman literature. In my Senior Inquiry, I investigate Wonder Woman’s Classical connections and compare the ancient portrayal of Amazonian women to their portrayal in the comics and the recent films Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League (2017). Also, in my Senior Inquiry, I analyze Dr. William Marston’s complicated and problematic feminist views which ...


Labor And Delivery: Television Performances By Pregnant Actresses From 1948-2016, Evleen Michelle Nasir 2018 Louisiana State University

Labor And Delivery: Television Performances By Pregnant Actresses From 1948-2016, Evleen Michelle Nasir

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Labor and Delivery: Television Actresses’ Pregnant Performances from 1948-2016, examines the labor of six pregnant actresses working on United States television. Mary Kay Stearns, Lucille Ball, Jane Leeves, Kerry Washington, and Katey Sagal all worked through pregnancies while filming their respective television shows. These women exemplify the multitude of actresses who maintained their careers and their pregnancies in the television industry. This is the first study of its kind to examine the labor of an actresses’ pregnant body on film while she performs a role other than herself. Previous examinations of pregnancy in performance are few but have largely focused ...


Margaret Mccarthy. Mad Mädchen: Feminism And Generational Conflict In Recent German Literature And Film. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017., Bridget Swanson 2018 University of Vermont

Margaret Mccarthy. Mad Mädchen: Feminism And Generational Conflict In Recent German Literature And Film. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017., Bridget Swanson

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Margaret McCarthy. Mad Mädchen: Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017.


Mario's Meta-Cap, Daniel Trock 2018 Western Connecticut State University

Mario's Meta-Cap, Daniel Trock

Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing Theses

The purpose of this project, Mario's Meta-Cap, is to take a critical look at the various genres Mario has had a hand in as well as to analyze the characters, themes, and impacts of the franchise. This project will feature a series of reviews on various Mario games in chronological order, with captioned screenshots and fun facts about the franchise included throughout. Brief analytical pieces on characters and themes will also be featured. The intent of these reviews is to critique the games in a vacuum to see how well they hold up to modern standards as well as ...


Stray Cats, Christian P. Chesnut 2018 University of New Orleans

Stray Cats, Christian P. Chesnut

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

This paper details the making of Stray Cats, a University of New Orleans thesis film. It examines the process of creating the film in three parts. Part one will detail the pre-production, including the conceptualization, writing, and preparation for the project. Part two will cover the production, including the directing, production design, cinematography, and on-set operations. Part three will describe the post-production process, including the editing, color correction, sound design, and musical score. These three components will then be referenced in regards to the theme of the film, and will conclude by analyzing whether or not the final film achieves ...


Foreign Villains Shape The World: Transnational And Global Antagonists Within The Martial Arts Film Trilogy Ip Man, Kelvin Chan 2018 The University of San Francisco

Foreign Villains Shape The World: Transnational And Global Antagonists Within The Martial Arts Film Trilogy Ip Man, Kelvin Chan

Master's Projects and Capstones

This paper explores how foreign antagonists are portrayed and positioned within the Ip Man trilogy directed by Wilson Yip. Typically, protagonists such as Ip Man are the focal point of research, but this paper will examine the historical and contextual use of foreign antagonists such as the invading Japanese, the corrupt and condescending British, and the rapacious American in the Ip Man trilogy and how their portrayals are transmitted transnationally. The examination of these foreign antagonists in relation to the protagonist Ip Man expose themes such as nationalism, national identity, and victimhood to a Chinese diaspora. They also expose a ...


Literarische Filmsimulation: Heinrich Eduard Jacobs Medienphilosophische Filmästhetik In "Blut Und Zelluloid", Paula Vosse 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Literarische Filmsimulation: Heinrich Eduard Jacobs Medienphilosophische Filmästhetik In "Blut Und Zelluloid", Paula Vosse

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Heinrich Eduard Jacob´s novel Blut und Zelluloid was published in 1929 and therefore mostly reviewed as a critical artwork regarding European film-propaganda before the outbreak of the Second World War. This thesis provides the interested scholar with a different approach: It discusses Jacob´s media-philosophical method to simulate the upcoming medium film in literature. With his implicitly and explicitly organized systems of diverse media, he circumvents constraints of the Paragone-discourse and offers a well-balanced literary construction.

Jacob´s method is compared with Pinthus´ Kinobuch and Pirandello´s Shoot!, while Simmel and Benjamin provide the thesis with a fundament to ...


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