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Metamorphosis: An Insightful Look at The Transcendence of a Nobody
Durbin, GregVoytilla, StuartKendricks, E. Neil
vii, 149 pages
Would it be possible to use a raw, realistic approach to film-making like the French New Wave to substantialize a far-fetched, hard-to-believe storyline? Can a concept wandering around existentialism blend with a light, sarcastic style like mockumentary? These are the ideas that make this project unique. Metamorphosis is a feature-length script about a resourceless, talentless artist detrimentally obsessed with a better one. The lesser artist studies the idol, divinizes him and unknowingly impersonates him. The idolizer finds his way into the better artist's life, steals his artwork and ultimately metamorphoses into him at the expense of his own identity, freedom and life. This script will delve into notions like, morality, loneliness, destruction and reconstruction of self and individuality. All the while, it will use a light, almost quirky tone like dark comedy infused with mockumentary. Getting all these elements that are foreign to each other to work coherently will create a unique blend. All in all, Metamorphosis is basically a humble attempt at creating a character-driven piece that can feel authentic and insightful while pushing the envelope with its content. When it comes to the content of the script, in this proposal I will elaborate on existentialism using Jean Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger's theories. Without getting lost in their school of thinking, I will show the connections between their way of existentialism and how I created Metamorphosis. Understanding some of the foundational concepts of their teachings would make this project much more tangible and see-through for the reader. When it comes to techniques and creative approach, I will delve into the French New Wave. Since realism and authenticity are major parts of this script, the New Wave will shed a lot of light on how I'm approaching this script. Alongside the New Wave, I will also investigate directors like Jim Jarmusch, Jean Luc Godard and Woody Allen and their movies to further explain the intentions, inspirations and creative goals of my thesis project. Selected films with similar themes from accomplished directors like those will explain the subject matters of this project in great detail as well as show how Metamorphosis is different and unique.
Includes bibliographical references (page 29).
Television, Film and New Media Production
Theatre, Television, and Film
Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2014
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