Date of Award

Fall 12-20-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

John McGowan-Hartmann

Second Advisor

Henry Griffin

Third Advisor

John Hampton Overton

Fourth Advisor


Fifth Advisor


Sixth Advisor


Seventh Advisor



This paper will provide a far-ranging analysis of the relevant aspects of the filmmaking process as it pertains to the development and production of the thesis project, The Good Killing. This analysis will include both a detailed, biographic overview of the making of the film, as well as an in-depth critique of the creative decision-making and practical methodology that guided the production. In this regard, special attention will be first be given to how the project was initially conceived, and, broadly speaking, what was originally intended. Secondly, proceeding sections will examine key elements of the filmmaker’s technical planning, performance, and working philosophy, specifically citing directing style, cinematography, sound and editing. Through this evaluative process, the film will be judged from the standpoint of both concept and execution in order to determine overall success.


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