Thesis Project

Formatting: Essay should be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman typeface, line spacing 1.5 to 2, paginated throughout.  Works Cited: The work cited must have at least 2 hard copy and 2 internet sources. A minimum of 2 sources must be cited and engaged within the body of the text (must be written in MLA Handbook style). PERSONAL NOTE: The main character is Rachel. PART 1 – THE CRITICAL ESSAY. It should be a substantial, cohesive discourse, defining the nature and scope of your Thesis. Please respond in a detailed and comprehensive essay, answering all questions in each section. (12-page minimum) A) Statement of Purpose The Thesis statement should be an introduction explaining your concept, and should articulate a significant and compelling belief or idea; this is your film’s message. Clearly declare a message. Illustrate the purpose of your thesis and how you will use your story to support your message. Introduce the academic research used to support the overall message of your thesis project. B) Supportive Arguments Distinctly support your opening statement with thorough research. How did you use your original script to create and support your overall message? Did that change when the project became a series of monologues? If so, how? C) Methodology/Creation of the Role and Film Project  How did you apply your acting education? Describe your process for finding and evaluating the visual inspiration and images in your look book including mood, color palette, lighting, production design, wardrobe, props, etc. From your original script, discuss how the images you used as inspiration helped to create context for the historic, economic, social, and ideological concepts in your film. Were you able to apply those images to the series of monologues? If so, how? Detail how your knowledge of cinematic arts played a role in the development of your original script. This includes screenwriting, cinematography, lighting, production design, costuming, sound design, scoring, editing, and any other elements of film craft. Were you able to apply those images to the series of monologues? If so, how? Discuss the acting techniques you have been exposed to. Explain the theories, methods, and techniques you applied and how you actively engaged with them. Be sure to cite sources you have learned from your curriculum. Support acting theories with related research. Be specific. D) Critical Reflections Consider the story and the protagonist you developed; does the final product of your efforts (as a writer, actor, producer) create the experience you wanted to create for your audience? How did it change with the series of monologues? What challenges did you meet in order to transform your idea into a final film? What unexpected aspects of the project influenced your ability to communicate your artistic message? What were the demands of the role physically and emotionally? How did the creation of this role help you develop as a performer? Did the experience broaden your viewpoint as an artist, affirm your path, open up new possibilities for you? What were the challenges to you as a creative artist in achieving your final product and how did you meet those challenges? E) Conclusion This project has taken you on an artistic journey, and the film you’ve created is an artifact of that journey. Return to your opening statement and discuss the conclusions you have come to, based on your initial artistic message. Were your outcomes in this process as you expected? What new questions arise for you have gone through this process? How did the thesis project influence the career choices you will be pursuing after college? PART 2 – Full Character Analysis and Character Biography (for the main character you portrayed, must be a minimum of 4 pages).

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