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Encore: A Story Of Identity, Austin Copps 2021 Belmont University

Encore: A Story Of Identity, Austin Copps

Honors Theses

Encore, a feature length screenplay, tells a story of a young man and his search for identity.


Hindsight, Haley Elizabeth Moore 2021 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Hindsight, Haley Elizabeth Moore

LSU Master's Theses

“Time travel is theoretically impossible, but I wouldn't want to give it up as a plot gimmick.”—Isaac Asimov

“Of all the concepts in Speculative Fiction, Time Travel is probably the one that, over time, has provided us with the most possibilities for storytelling, and therefore the one that has been (clocked as having been) exploited the most.”—TVtropes.org

Hindsight is a one-hour long show with an eight-episode arc per season. It is a story of authenticity and gimmicks, privilege and disadvantage, mediocrity and exceptionalism. These are all pretty big concepts, and yeah, we look at them on ...


Pathos, Winter 2020-2021, Portland State University. Student Publications Board 2021 Portland State University

Pathos, Winter 2020-2021, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Claire Miller


A Screenplay For Bystander Intervention For Sexual Harassment Scenarios For College Students, Shanti Herzog 2020 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

A Screenplay For Bystander Intervention For Sexual Harassment Scenarios For College Students, Shanti Herzog

Journalism

This project was developed to describe the drafting of a screenplay for an interactive, virtual reality sexual harassment training module for students of the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. The research began with the examination of the prevalent and persisting issue of sexual harassment within college campus communities, and how to present college students with the tools to intervene as bystanders, thus encouraging them to intervene when encountering sexual harassment scenarios. The resulting screenplay was written to provide college students at Cal Poly with strategies to identify and take action when encountering sexual harassment, especially in small group gatherings ...


B&E, Zachary T. Hennessey 2020 University of New Orleans

B&E, Zachary T. Hennessey

University of New Orleans Thesis Films

In this reflection paper I will cover the production of B&E in its entirety. From the origin of the script to planning the distribution. I will also reflect on my experiences at UNO and remark on how they I learned from mistakes that I made on other films and corrected them during my process for B&E. I will also point out what I believe to be the largest mistakes that I committed during the production of this film and how I plan to correct them in the future.


Vampires, Fandom, And Feminism: Updating The Vampire Horror Screenplay Through Themes Of Empowerment, McKinzie Smith 2020 Portland State University

Vampires, Fandom, And Feminism: Updating The Vampire Horror Screenplay Through Themes Of Empowerment, Mckinzie Smith

University Honors Theses

In this thesis supplement, the three major themes of McKinzie Smith’s screenplay Lifeblood are elaborated on in detail. In an effort to craft a screenplay within the horror genre that is modern and meaningful, the vampire myth was adapted to apply to the contemporary conversation surrounding power dynamics and gendered violence. The theme of fandom is shown to expose those power dynamics in a familiar, relatable way for a teenaged female audience. These two themes filter into the broader feminist intention of the work, aiming to provoke conversation about power in fandom spaces as well as provide catharsis for ...


Developing The Screenwriter’S Notebook And Its Implementation Of The Adapted Comic Book Origin Story Of Solstice, Mohansingh Udhwani Jr. 2020 Belmont University

Developing The Screenwriter’S Notebook And Its Implementation Of The Adapted Comic Book Origin Story Of Solstice, Mohansingh Udhwani Jr.

Honors Theses

This thesis features three documents: The Screenwriter's Notebook Template, The Screenwriter's Notebook: Solstice, and a reflection paper. The Screenwriter's Notebook Template is a planning and pitch tool designed to help screenwriters tell better stories, faster. The template is designed so the user may start with one word (the thematic subject) and flush out their story through a series of guided diagrams inspired by the works of Robert McKee, Dara Marks, and John Vorhaus. The end result is the user developing a detailed scenic model outlining what is happening in each scene in conjunction with Marks' Transformational Arc ...


Time Machine Research And Approach, Tarek Bouraque 2020 CUNY Hunter College

Time Machine Research And Approach, Tarek Bouraque

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

Time Machine is a hybrid documentary that explores the logics of enslavement, colonialism, eurocentrism and their interconnectedness in our globalized world. Mustapha Azemmouri, born in 1502, undertakes a journey to the 21st century to recount his own story of enslavement and exploration, and reflects on a collective puzzle of 500 years of hidden history.


Bernadette: A Screenplay, Dain Bedford-Pugh 2020 Dominican University of California

Bernadette: A Screenplay, Dain Bedford-Pugh

Master of Arts in Humanities | Master's Theses

'Bernadette: A Screenplay' is the first half of a feature-length comedy-drama road movie that centers on the relationship between Bernadette - an introverted IT professional in her late twenties - and her elderly father. When Bernadette makes a big change in her life by quitting the job that she has come to hate, she decides to take the trip of a lifetime by traveling across America. She also decides to take her father, who is on the verge of moving into a care home, with her. What follows is an exploration of their relationship, their facing up to long-hidden grief over the ...


Adapting To Adaptation: Turning Ya Literature Into Television, Adam Weinreb 2020 Skidmore College

Adapting To Adaptation: Turning Ya Literature Into Television, Adam Weinreb

English Honors Theses

I have always loved film and television, whether for casual consumption or academic pursuits. Throughout my time as an English and American Studies double major (and almost a Media and Film Studies minor), I have opted to study film and TV at every chance I could. In my junior year I began writing my own film, and I completed that film in the first half of senior year. When entering my final year of the English major and faced with making a decision surrounding my capstone, I was simultaneously deciding whether or not to pursue graduate studies in screenwriting. As ...


You Were There : An Exploration And Analysis Of The Filmmaking Process, Regan Emfinger 2020 University of Mississippi

You Were There : An Exploration And Analysis Of The Filmmaking Process, Regan Emfinger

Honors Theses

This thesis explores the process of writing, shooting, and editing my short film You Were There. My process involved scriptwriting with several revisions, shooting with a cast and crew, and editing the raw footage. This paper will not only serve as a timeline leading up to the final product of the film but also will explain the function of each artistic choice. This paper will also outline the biggest lessons I learned about fictional narratives, and discuss the successes and failures of the film as a whole. I also plan on discussing how those lessons will further my academic and ...


The Marduk Archives: A Take On Thresholds, Christopher Melton 2020 University of Mississippi

The Marduk Archives: A Take On Thresholds, Christopher Melton

Honors Theses

A fictional screenplay exploring the relationship between absurdity and convention as it pertains to the shifting cultural paradigms of our society. (Under the direction of Beth Spencer)


The Portrayal Of Roman Gladiators And Slavery In Film, Megan Gingerich 2020 Liberty University

The Portrayal Of Roman Gladiators And Slavery In Film, Megan Gingerich

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis project will endeavor to examine how prominent historical films set in the Roman Empire deal with slavery and gladiators, said research to inform a corresponding creative project. In studying and analyzing Ben-Hur (1959), Spartacus (1960) and Gladiator (2000), the three most prominent films that deal with the topics of slavery and gladiators in ancient Rome, I hope to uncover how films treat the topic, how the films are influenced by more modern values, and how accurate the films are. I will also identify commonalities between all three films, and supplement my discoveries with observations from two less successful ...


The Yellow Belly Anthology: Micro-Films About Humans At Their Least Impressive, Tommy Armstrong 2020 Ursinus College

The Yellow Belly Anthology: Micro-Films About Humans At Their Least Impressive, Tommy Armstrong

English Honors Papers

In the fall semester of 2019, I worked with my adviser Dr. Jon Volkmer on writing sixty sixty-second shorts on the theme of human insecurity, based off of real-life experiences and stories. I wrote a series of micro-scripts satirizing human self-consciousness and anxiety — moments that are rushed over or lost in longer-form mass media and film. The scripts show humans at their most indecisive, insecure, and vulnerable. Each of these scripts give glimpses into one or two people’s interior lives as they find themselves in a particular nerve-provoking situation. In all of the shorts, a person must overcome, submit ...


“Putting Out Fires”: An Original Situational Comedy Pilot Episode Examining Modern Motherhood, Keely Gonyea 2020 University of Maine

“Putting Out Fires”: An Original Situational Comedy Pilot Episode Examining Modern Motherhood, Keely Gonyea

Honors College

Even in an age of easily accessible and ever-changing digital content, television remains one of the most influential modes of media. Shows, on television and on streaming services, play key roles in informing their audiences of societal conventions. Situational comedies are an easily identifiable genre on television and their popularity has not wavered as seen by their steadfast presence during primetime viewing slots. This thesis explores and analyzes how situational comedies have created spaces for potentially harmful stereotypes for their female characters, specifically mothers. The creative work of this thesis offers an original situational comedy pilot episode that looks to ...


All That Is Necessary, Jes Martinez 2020 Belmont University

All That Is Necessary, Jes Martinez

Honors Theses

Based on Real Events & the New York Times article "Rohingya Recount Atrocities: 'They Threw My Baby Into a Fire'" by Jeffrey Gettleman (Oct. 11, 2017)

Edmund Burke has been attributed the saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I am in my second draft of a screenplay exploring the tangled web of factors which led to the ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, a minority group in Myanmar, which began in late 2016. Suu Kyi and her administration deny its occurrence.

A tumultuous history of empires, invasions, and migrations, brought different ethno-religious groups into proximity. Britain’s colonization entrenched pre-existing tensions. Assimilation attempts of a military regime against the minority groups incited tensions to turn to violence as the minorities sought to protect their identities. The government’s denial of the Rohingya’s citizenship allowed the violence to escalate into ethnic cleansing. Suu Kyi’s silence and implicit accomplice betrayed her image as a globally renowned icon of democracy and human rights by enabling the persecution of the Rohingya to continue, unpunished. World leaders denounce her and her administration, rescind her prizes, and call for the government to rectify the situation; yet they otherwise, effectively, do nothing. It is all too easy to sit in our relatively comfortable, safe lives and, without even attempting to understand them, condemn and demonize others, while not affecting any amount of real change. We didn’t start the fire, but we let it burn.


The Art Of The Game: Issues In Adapting Video Games, Sydney Baty 2020 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The Art Of The Game: Issues In Adapting Video Games, Sydney Baty

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research: Department of English

On the face of things, movies and video games are similar mediums. Both engage extensively in visuals and audio, both can indulge in speculative fiction, and there is a healthy amount of sharing of inspiration and content. However, this does not guarantee successful adaptations from one form to another. Movies adapted from video games are notorious for being simply terrible, but little academic attention has been paid as to why these adaptations in particular seem so unsuccessful in every way, from audience reception, critical response, and monetary returns. This issue is based on fundamental differences in the medium. Games are ...


Pathos, Spring 2020, Portland State University. Student Publications Board 2020 Portland State University

Pathos, Spring 2020, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Claire Miller


Transcendental Style In Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer (2nd Edition), Michael Gibson 2020 Vanderbilt University

Transcendental Style In Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer (2nd Edition), Michael Gibson

Journal of Religion & Film

This is a book review of Paul Schrader's Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, 2nd edition (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018).


The Others (2001) By Alejandro Amenábar In The Light Of Valentinian Thought, Fryderyk Kwiatkowski 2020 Jagiellonian University, Cracow and the University of Groningen

The Others (2001) By Alejandro Amenábar In The Light Of Valentinian Thought, Fryderyk Kwiatkowski

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

The article offers a Valentinian interpretation of the Hollywood film The Others (2001). A particular attention is paid to the ways in which cinematic motifs and narrative elements of the film draw on myths, ideas and symbolic imagery present in Valentinian works, especially in the Gospel of Truth (NHC I, 3) and the Gospel of Philip (NHC II, 3). In the course of the heuristic analysis, the paper argues that although the film employs Valentinian ideas, it depicts different understanding of the world. This issue is addressed in the last part of the article by situating the film within broader ...


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