Date of Award

Summer 8-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

Henry Griffin

Second Advisor

Erik Hansen

Third Advisor

Laura Medina


In this paper I will recount the main stages of the process of making my thesis film Us Against The World, a narrative short film. In particular, I will focus on the authenticity and verisimilitude that I tried to achieve, as well as the limitations I worked under as a student filmmaker with a limited budget and how we consistently tried to use these limitations to our advantage. Starting from the beginning, I will first discuss my main inspirations and the writing process of the script. Secondly, I will explain how my team of creative collaborators and I prepared the project during pre-production. I will furthermore address all key creative aspects, such as directing, cinematography and production design, and describe how we used these to visually translate my story onto screen. After summarizing the post-production process, I will draw a conclusion to evaluate the final film.


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A copy of the thesis film is housed in the UNO Library.