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“The Caucasian Persuasion Here In The ‘Dale”: Othering, White Normality, And Post-Racialism In Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Isaiah M. Lee Jun 2021

“The Caucasian Persuasion Here In The ‘Dale”: Othering, White Normality, And Post-Racialism In Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Isaiah M. Lee

University Honors Theses

This thesis engages the construction of race within the television landscape of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to investigate how well-meaning, progressive media either reinvents or repudiates racial stereotype. This paper also examines the figure of the Other, as it is evoked in horror, and utilizes Hazel Carby's conception of the fantasized black subject to analyze the setting and characters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an eye towards the inherent assumptions the show makes about race. Ultimately, I argue that Buffy's representation of race assumes a white normality, flattening its non-white characters under the guise of inherent difference ...


Creating A Professional Tv Show Pitch, Alexis Mays May 2021

Creating A Professional Tv Show Pitch, Alexis Mays

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This project consists of materials included in a television show pitch created by Lexi Mays. The materials include a poster, pilot script, show overview, character breakdown, and pilot outline. The show is a pirate adventure that follows six people setting sail to find a mysterious island that was abandoned years ago for unknown reasons. Each character battles their own demons and unexpected dangers as they try to unlock the mystery no one could solve.


Encore: A Story Of Identity, Austin Copps Apr 2021

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.


Tom, Dick, And Harry, Andy Hammersmith Apr 2021

Tom, Dick, And Harry, Andy Hammersmith

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

Presumed dead, a cantankerous retired assassin hides out in a senior living home. When the CIA tracks him down, he enlists his fellow residents to trade in their walkers for weapons to protect the facility from a death squad.


Clean Sweep, Isabelle Davis Apr 2021

Clean Sweep, Isabelle Davis

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

Best friends, Harry and Dave, both come to face their own versions of mid-life crises. Harry is a former hockey player stuck in his glory days, and Dave is a recently divorced, try-hard dad without any glory days. Harry realizes he’s not in the “prime” he thinks he is but still wants another shot at the Olympics, so he decides to trade hockey in for the most exciting and physical sport in the world – Curling. He drags along Dave to form a team of misfits, including the local shuffleboard champ and hairdresser, Ramona, and a high-school janitor, Gail. Under ...


Gender Roles Reviewed Through Shakespeare's Twelfth Night With 21st Century Applications, Hannah Lewis Apr 2021

Gender Roles Reviewed Through Shakespeare's Twelfth Night With 21st Century Applications, Hannah Lewis

Honors Program Projects

This thesis focuses on a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which aims to emphasize the importance of gender equality as a moral imperative in the 21st century. In the original play, Shakespeare writes a story that draws attention to gender stereotypes in the Elizabethan age through his use of character representation. However, much is to be said about how these stereotypes in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are applicable to the 21st century. Thus, this study is applied to a modern adaptation of Twelfth Night which tells the story of a young woman named Vivian. In this story, Vivian ...


Whittier, Mario E. Johnson Apr 2021

Whittier, Mario E. Johnson

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

A Navy sailor enlists at a mysterious Naval Reserves base to be closer to his dying mother and discovers he’s transporting aliens and an unknown medicine that could potentially save his Mom’s life.


The Last Greatest, Ethan Raduns-Silverstein Apr 2021

The Last Greatest, Ethan Raduns-Silverstein

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

Fighting bankruptcy, the owner of the last traveling circus train in America must improve the act and generate ticket sales or it's curtains for him and his eclectic cast and crew.


Bigfoot Nation, Maximilian Kubisiak Apr 2021

Bigfoot Nation, Maximilian Kubisiak

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

An outcast Bigfoot and amateur “expert” in the study of humans, a Ted Kaczynski conspiracy theorist, and a bored Gen Z-er are all unwittingly drawn into a ring of political, corporate, and international conspiracies in a small Rocky Mountain town. The trio bumbles through the absurdities of a classic western conspiracy.


No Man's Land, Preston Ray Apr 2021

No Man's Land, Preston Ray

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

NO MAN’S LAND (One-Hour, Horror) – In a dying Dust Bowl town suffering from the outbreak of a strange disease, a headstrong epidemiologist finds herself facing off against an ancient, supernatural entity.


Black Men Don't Cheat, Edwin Lorenzo Martin Apr 2021

Black Men Don't Cheat, Edwin Lorenzo Martin

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

Sick of doing what's expected him, Marcus leaves his job as a doctor to pursue acting as he and his roommates figure out life in a fast changing South Central LA.


Barren, Hannah Herman Apr 2021

Barren, Hannah Herman

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

In the aftermath of their baby’s stillbirth, eccentric couple Marlow and Dev clash with overbearing loved ones, outspoken neighbor kids, and each other while trying to reconcile unmet expectations and their newfound reality. Bottling up her emotions, Marlow begins to see inanimate objects speak, spewing out the feelings she hopes to keep suppressed.


This Must Be The Place: A Short Film, Reagan Shull Apr 2021

This Must Be The Place: A Short Film, Reagan Shull

Honors Projects

This Must Be The Place is a short film categorized as a Coming of Age Mystery with strong narrative ties to Magical Realism set in the heart of small town America. The key thematic ideas are identity, female relationships, isolation, friendship, and loss. This story emphasizes each person’s struggle for identity, and the isolation that can be brought upon themselves when they do not know who they are. Further, the difficulties regarding the search for one’s dreams without a strong sense of identity are also discussed in this narrative. Ultimately, this story is about dealing with isolation as ...


The Táin, Luke Hart-Moynihan Apr 2021

The Táin, Luke Hart-Moynihan

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

The Táin (Myth / Epic Fantasy, Feature) - In mythic iron-age Ireland, an exiled king allies with a proud queen to steal a magic bull and retake his former kingdom, but his semi-divine foster-son stands in their way. Based on the Irish Epic Táin Bó Cúailnge.


Hindsight, Haley Elizabeth Moore Mar 2021

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 Jan 2021

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

Pathos

Editor: Claire Miller


Personal Reflection On 'Boy Crazy: A Screenplay About Gay Fanfiction, Queerbaiting, And Asexual Identity', Luci Mintiero Jan 2021

Personal Reflection On 'Boy Crazy: A Screenplay About Gay Fanfiction, Queerbaiting, And Asexual Identity', Luci Mintiero

WWU Honors Program Senior Projects

Initially, I planned to make a short film for my senior project, exploring the themes of gender, fan culture and identity. Due to COVID-19, I ended up just writing a screenplay instead. I've decided not to submit the screenplay here, since I want to hold off on presenting it to the world until I've reached the 'final' final version (a completed film), and so instead, this is just an informal reflection on some of the motivations that went into writing the screenplay.

In this reflection, I explore a couple of topics related to fandom, gender, and sexuality. First ...


Going Forth: A Thesis Presented To The Faculty Of The Humanities And Teacher Education Division, Pepperdine University, William Dewitt Jan 2021

Going Forth: A Thesis Presented To The Faculty Of The Humanities And Teacher Education Division, Pepperdine University, William Dewitt

Theses and Dissertations

Essay: Going forth -- Script 1: Geronimo -- Script 2: Monster Moscow.


A Screenplay For Bystander Intervention For Sexual Harassment Scenarios For College Students, Shanti Herzog Jun 2020

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 May 2020

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 May 2020

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. May 2020

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 May 2020

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 May 2020

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 May 2020

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 May 2020

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 ...


Super Heroes V Scorsese: A Marxist Reading Of Alienation And The Political Unconscious In Blockbuster Superhero Film, David Eltz May 2020

Super Heroes V Scorsese: A Marxist Reading Of Alienation And The Political Unconscious In Blockbuster Superhero Film, David Eltz

Kutztown University Masters Theses

As superhero blockbusters continue to dominate the theatrical landscape, critical detractors of the genre have grown in number and authority. The most influential among them, Martin Scorsese, has been quoted as referring to Marvel films as “theme parks” rather than “cinema” (his own term for auteur film). Despite this, these films often possess considerably challenging views in regards to social justice, and continue to interface with the pervading theme of alienation in increasingly abstract and progressive ways.

This thesis considers four films (1978’s Superman, 2000’s X-Men, 2013’s Captain America: Winter Soldier, and 2018’s Black Panther) from ...


The Marduk Archives: A Take On Thresholds, Christopher Melton May 2020

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 May 2020

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 May 2020

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 ...