Production Design: Film Reflections and Analyses

7 film analyses discussed in class for Master of Fine Arts course in production design:

The King’s Speech: The Word-Image Collision

Shakespeare in Love: The Narrative Environment

Cleopatra: Researching the Un-researchable

Ghostbusters: Set Connectivity

The King and I: Creating a Color Passport

Star Wars: Pioneering Special Effects

The Shape of Water: A New Adventure Environment

The Tree of Life and Courageous: Comparative Analysis on Faith-Based Filmmaking

In December 2015, I completed my Master’s degree in Communications from Asbury University with a film analysis research project entitled “The Tree of Life and Courageous: Comparative Analysis on Faith-Based Filmmaking”. During the spring and summer of 2016, I was in communication with the Journal of Media and Communication Studies, an open-access academic journal with authors from around the world, about publishing a shortened version of my thesis. In October 2016, that article became published in that month’s issue of the journal, and I am pleased to present the link to you now.

Click here to view the article “The Tree of Life and Courageous: Comparative Analysis on Faith-Based Filmmaking”.

Media Ethics & Criticism: Analyses

My final course in the Asbury University graduate program in Communications was Media Ethics & Criticism, which taught me to think more critically about the moral decisions I make in creating media as well as how to critique that media. I wrote three short media criticism analyses for the class – one on the feature film War Room, one on the radio program Focus on the Family, and one on the first episode of the new television series The Muppets. Read them below!

Media Criticism #1: “War Room”

Media Criticism 2: “Focus on the Family”

Media Criticism 3: “The Muppets”

Viral Marketing, Methods, Messages, and Media

In the spring 2015 semester, I took a viral marketing course as part of Asbury University’s Master’s degree in Communications. Although the main project for the class was the development of a marketing campaign, other assignments involved case studies on the success on other campaigns online, particularly on social media. Below are links to essays I wrote on some of these campaigns.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: What Would You Do With $25,000?

God’s Not Dead: Pure Flix + Ribbow Media = $60M+

Pentatonix: Using Social Media for Consistent Virality

Crowd-funding and the Future of Viral Marketing