Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Drama and Communications


Drama and Communications

Major Professor

Hank, J. Stephen

Second Advisor

Schuth, Wayne

Third Advisor

Morris, Mark


This thesis book details the conception and production of The Taxidermist, a narrative short film shot on 16mm color film. It tells the story of a loving father and his daughter who live in an isolated rural area. The over protective taxidermist tries to protect his daughter from all the ills of the world, but this also keeps her from experiencing the wider world. All aspects of the production from writing through post-production are covered within the thesis. In particular the challenges and advantages of location shooting are covered. Postproduction issues in the digital age are also covered in some detail.


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