Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

Erik Hansen

Second Advisor

Laura Medina

Third Advisor

Florent Retz


An analysis of the production of the University of New Orleans thesis film, Shape Matters, a period film, written and directed by Thomas Baumgardner. The film is concerned with the practice of Phrenology and follows a nervous preacher who becomes entangled in the bizarre "science" and a local murder. This paper describes the director's experiences and details the challenges encountered, and lessons learned, from attempting to bring the project to fruition.


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Shape Matters FINAL (443931 kB)
Export of thesis film