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    Hendrickson, David
    My paintings recombine, repeat, redact, and crop elements, materials, and objects to elicit a sense of absurdist absence and alienation. Digitally manipulating and collaging appropriated images, especially those that acknowledge the body, allow me to . . .
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    Mathewson, Christine
    Icarus explores the ethics behind one's will to survive when chaos slowly trickles into a community that's created away from society. After a space expedition brings an extraterrestrial disease to Earth and wipes out 74% of humanity, a space ship of i . . .
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    Land, Morgan
    DOM is a first grade teacher who decides to escape the torpor of her suburban life by becoming a dominatrix by night. ANTI-SOCIAL follows the exploits of social worker Marty Katz who must keep his patients sane while negotiating his own love life and . . .
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    Delate, Tirsa
    Time is a fundamental parameter in my practice, and it denotes the spontaneity and transience of events. Interactive performance and video works explore the connections between loss and sanctuary, acknowledging subjective perceptions of time and memor . . .
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    Canty, Kathryn
    "Legacy", is a one-hour drama that explores the lives of those who die alone, and the investigators in the Los Angeles Public Administrator's office who attempt to piece together their stories and try to find any next of kin.
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    Nunes, Michelle
    This paper is an attempt to explain the conceptual underpinnings of my work while simultaneously serving as a work within itself. It seems only appropriate to have a paper as malleable in meaning as my work intends to be, otherwise the idea of fluid m . . .
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    Raggs, Talicia
    "Ceoulman" is an original one-hour pilot about Jimmy Ceoul, popular Chicago radio personality of the 70's. The pilot follows him as he must learn to juggle his work life in the destructive music industry with his normal family life at home. All while . . .
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    Curtis, Adquanita
    A drama-driven suspense about a traveling nurse who, with the help of her sister and pill addicted recruiter, go to great lengths to keep her husband and children from finding out about her secret second family.
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    Cisneros, Ricardo
    Born and raised in South Los Angeles, I was raised in a culture of street crime and poverty. Growing up in an environment that lacked financial resources and educational opportunities, I would study pop culture and marketing. Poverty can become a psyc . . .
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    Mckendry, David
    Kevin Brooks returns to his small App alachian hometown of Elk Horn, Kentucky after his discharge from the Army. Suffering from severe PTSD and concussive brain injury, Kevin struggles with his pain and the memories of his time in Afghanistan. Once ho . . .
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    Kailani, Kaleigh
    "Star Sailors" is an original one-hour pilot about inseparable twin assassins Echo and Lorelei. A naïve prince recruits the sisters to save his kingdom by recovering the pieces of the shattered Crown of Starfell. On their journey, the dark forces of t . . .
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    Greco, Angela
    This story is a "what-if". One quart cautionary tale, two quarts comedy, and one quart heart equal a gallon of hopefully enjoyable story. I'd rather you be surprised than know any more about it, but for marketing purposes, we'll call this "The Reverse . . .
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    Alexander- Dunajski, Stacey
    In combination with selected exhibited works, the accompanying writing acknowledges and deconstructs the underpinnings of my collective body of work. My drawings embody my relationship with the internet as an alternate and parallel version of reality. . . .
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    Chan, Matthew
    Socio-economics, media consumption, adherence to Western cultural norms, and my underlying guilt about assimilation inform my work. Photography, video, performance, and installation examine these, acknowledging my disjointed and layered relationship w . . .
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    Raggs, Talicia
    "Ceoulman" is an original one-hour pilot about Jimmy Ceoul, popular Chicago radio personality of the 70's. The pilot follows him as he must learn to juggle his work life in the destructive music industry with his normal family life at home. All while . . .
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    Crestwell, Jasmine
    Camila Gates and several other scorned women are given the opportunity to exact retribution from significant others that have emotionally, sexually, financially or physically abused them. Four wealthy women of power set up a secret estate marked by op . . .
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    Tillman, Zachary
    "The Gun" is an original feature screenplay about a small tribe of survivors living on a war-torn dystopian island. After years of adhering to a strict set of laws and following an archaic justice system, an outsider is introduced to the tribe, causin . . .
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    Rose, Matthew
    Utilizing systems of viewing to cross-examine contemporary social constructs, I challenge the epidemic of toxic masculinity by promoting empathy with the subject while recontextualizing the understanding of self. My color photographs depict male bodie . . .
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    Goin, Ken
    "The Ninja Nuns" is an original animated feature screenplay about a ten year old street urchin who is stuck between the crime world she is used to, and the new world of religion and education and love. When a group of vigilante ninjas put a damper on . . .
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    Kiszonas, Paul
    Shell is about Mel Kojima, a freelance Shell pilot who grapples with guilt and mistrust due to her shameful past, working for her uncle's super-corporation. When a group of anarchists steal her girlfriend's new Shell, Mel and her fellow pilots will ri . . .
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    carroll, emilie
    In my work I celebrate ceramics and play with the religiously followed "rules" of the craft. While honoring specific objects made of clay, I acknowledge their absurdity. The inappropriateness of material draws attention to, and sometimes conflicts wit . . .
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    Pena, Luis
    Ancient Mixtec architecture and contemporary minimalism inform my multimedia artwork. I use my personal experience as the son of undocumented field workers to create art that brings attention to this other, parallel world. A variety of notable individ . . .
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    Price, Matthew
    "Make Time for Me" is a science fiction romantic comedy about a young scientist who creates a time machine to solve his relationship problems. Like a lot of young men, he sees every argument as a problem to be solved. He needs to learn, over the cours . . .
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    Roman, Michael
    My work portrays the ordinary grace of contemporary Black men by blending elements from hip-hop and urban culture with art history and religious iconography. Concepts of beauty and divinity must also apply to Black men. In showcasing divine Black beau . . .
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    Yuwono, Mario
    In the Kingdom of Tirine, a myth tells of a Chosen One destined to save the land from the evil Dark Elf lord Arcturus every century. But the truth is...it's all a sham, orchestrated by Arcturus as a means of amusement with everyone none the wiser. Now . . .
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    Ciarlo, Anthony
    An ant perched on an anthill, looking yonder while the sun sets, has a relationship contingent on that hill; it comprises the labor and time to build it and the births and deaths of ants in the process. Most notable is the ants' relationship to the ea . . .
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    Olmstead, Olivia
    "Magic & Moonshine" is an original, urban fantasy, one-hour pilot that follows a sheltered socialite as she discovers she has incredibly powerful magic and gets pulled into the criminal underground of 1920s New Orleans. Along the way, she gathers a ra . . .
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    Baral, Katheryn
    "Trebuchet" is an original one-hour pilot about a recent MBA graduate and newlywed woman named Chika who is asked to run her family's business by her estranged father. However, her father's subsequent murder kickstarts a series of events she didn't an . . .
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    Ocytko, Sara
    "Henrietta" is an original one-hour dramedy pilot based on the life of Henrietta Maria of France with an absurd and raunchy twist.
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    Rightmer, Nash Lynn
    It seems as though it was only yesterday, the first time I held a manual SLR camera, allowing the shutter to capture a bit of light falling on a grey card that lay propped up against the old house. The camera belonged to my stepmother's father who had . . .
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    Van Slyke, Patrick
    ABSTRACT THE CREATION OF THE FEATURE SCREENPLAY: RAILMASTER By Patrick Van Slyke This report details the writing of Railmaster, a feature-length historical fiction film script. It is a story of how industrialization was used in repression of the Nativ . . .
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    Grandjean, Kelly R.
    This paper is a reflection and analysis of my journey writing, acting, and producing my short film, <italic>14 Hundred 40</italic>. I discuss not only the evolution of the script and my character, Birdie, but also the inspirations behind the project. . . .
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    Miranda, Ricardo Pinheiro
    Tambatajá de Marrí is a movie that represents a desire to create, through an original cinematic language, an authentic portrait of Colares - a remote island that exists in the Amazon region of Brazil, my home. As the movie's narrative unfolds a true s . . .
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    Balcarek, Zdenek Robert
    The intention of my thesis work is to communicate the cultural and sociopolitical environment that existed in the later1960s Czechoslovakia and the function and relationship between the concepts of paradox and memory in this environment. My investigat . . .
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    Sandler, Morgan
    The thesis I set out to accomplish is one that I had envisioned long before I decided to pursue a Master's Degree. The goal was to write a filmmaking textbook, as well as shoot a narrative film to accompany the book. The film will serve as interactive . . .
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    Mercado, Claudia
    Mujeres de Maiz Herstory in Los Angeles is a raw experimental documentary short that is composed of personal testimonies, archival footage, animation and the herstorical power of female unity to create a space for women’s voices, resistance and social . . .
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    Beron, Jessica Paige
    My culminating project to complete my Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Television, Film, and Theater in Acting was playing the role of Lucy, in my independently, self-produced production of Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle. Mr. Marmalade is a dark comedy ab . . .
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    Tenney, Whitney
    The purpose of this project report is to outline my roles as producer, writer, and actor on the short film, <italic>Little Treasure</italic>, which was produced to fulfill the thesis requirements for the MFA in Television, Film and Theatre at Californ . . .
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    Chavez, Carlos Jesus
    In order to serve a community that has been rattled by gang violence, bombarded with graffiti and has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the city, I aimed to inspire social change while educating the youth on the importance murals serve . . .
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    Carrasco, Teresa Marie
    Trying to connect what seemingly is unrelated, I use juxtaposition in my work as a tool to address subjects of war, patriarchy, consumerism, marriage, capitalism, violence, motherhood, feminism, and rituals. This concoction is a monstrous circus fille . . .
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    Moss, Alicia Nicole
    The Device is a science-fiction, feature-length screenplay set on a post-apocalyptic, futuristic Earth. The main protagonist – a geo-biologist named Chaya Maat – is forced to locate the Earth’s damaged cloaking device after Earth is invaded by aliens . . .
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    DiGiovanni, Diego
    In this report I reflect on my journey as Leontes in the California State University, Los Angeles production of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, directed by Dr. Theresa Larkin and performed in the State Playhouse February 21 through March 3, 2 . . .
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    Oppenheim, Jonas
    My thesis project was to write the first draft of a full-length play, The Happy Slave. What follows is a report of my experience conceiving, researching, and writing the play. The Happy Slave is set in the fictional Texas town of Slippery Slope, as th . . .
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    Viola, Margaret Anne
    Chuck and Nancy is a fictional, single-camera comedy pilot for television based on the friendship between two women in their thirties - one straight, one gay - who become roommates after failed relationships. CHUCK (32) is an androgynous, charming, ta . . .
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    Salcido, Ricardo
    Artistic integrity is defined by my values and the process that formed this project. It is where my inner artist is nurtured with the power to transform my desires to be stronger then my fears to become whole, or at one with my art. Without integrity . . .
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    Seemayer, Zachary Wilson
    For my thesis project, I wanted to incorporate different aspects of filmmaking and film theory that I had learned and developed a passion for during my time in the MFA Program at CSULA. Namely, I wanted to combine my passions for Film Noir, web media . . .
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    Zika, Victoria Ellen
    <italic>Little Treasure</italic> is a low budget musical comedy short film that examines several contemporary issues in women's lives today through the life experiences, memories, fantasies and expectations of our protagonist. The film was a collabora . . .
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    Patel, Nidhin Maheshbhai
    ‘Something Old, Something New’ is a short film adapted from a 10-minute theater play, ‘Something Borrowed, Something New’ by Joshua Archer. On their wedding day, Michael declares he is not ready to walk down the aisle, only to have Amber, the bride, t . . .
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    Lemke, Alexander John
    My interest lies in the complicated relationship between fine art and the applied arts. In this paper I intend to shed light on the meanings generated by my art practice and how they are applied in my thesis exhibition "Universal Gym Machine." The tit . . .
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    Decker, Robert Glen
    On October 20-22, 2016, Master of Fine Arts candidate Robert Glen Decker presented the play Barrymore by William Luce as his thesis project at California State University, Los Angeles. In performing this dynamic theatre piece, he demonstrated versatil . . .
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    Miller, Janet Elizabeth
    For my thesis project, I produced, directed and choreographed a production of The Toxic Avenger Musical, which was part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 2016. The Toxic Avenger Musical ran for four weeks, twelve performances. This introduction w . . .
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    Jaramillo, Beatriz
    Broken Landscapes is a sculptural work that invites the viewer to rethink their relationship with nature. Using porcelain topographic reliefs supported on paraffin, the work addresses the topic of land and the tensions produced by the artificial separ . . .
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    Prabhune, Akanksha
    Girl in the City is a single-cam, half-hour comedy from the point of view of Aliya Sharma, an Indian girl who moves to LA to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. I have been working on this idea for quite some time now and have workshopped it in a . . .
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    Kelly, Sean Daniel
    Mythic Landscapes is a multi-component sculptural installation of ceramic objects that operate together as imaginary environments. The sculpted forms within the work range from abstract plants to quasi-architectural geologic structures. The objects ar . . .
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    Galan, Isabel
    My Voice No Longer Quivers is a short experimental stage performance. The play is based on a personal biographical incident, which happened to my father. This piece is created to promote social and political change by highlighting inequalities of race . . .
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    Braaten, Matthew Howard
    This thesis project explores the process of writing The Wedding Present, an original full-length play, and the production of a staged reading of it. The play tells the story of an organic farmer in Minnesota who, on the eve of his wedding, discovers t . . .
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    Rivas, Yessenia
    Libraries are evolving communities that encourage collaboration. People from diverse demographics gather around these centers for various purposes, making connections between those who serve the library and those who attend the library in the process. . . .
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    He, Qiyu
    This thesis gives a written account of my short documentary Catchers in Beijing from its inception to completion. It is a documentary about a group of young, educated people living in Beijing, chasing their dreams – or about to give up on them. The ti . . .
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    Yu, Yao
    In this paper, the author will provide a comparative analysis of Beijing and Traditional Western opera. The rest of the paper is structured as follows: Chapter two highlights the origins and development of the two operas, Chapter three is an analysis . . .
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    Schwartz, Benjamin MIchael
    This paper is in partial fulfillment for the requirements for the Master’s Degree of Fine Art in Dramatic Writing. This paper is a self-analysis of the process and purpose of writing and producing my full-length play, American Conspiracy. It will serv . . .
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    Lee, Wonho Frank
    Often, I get caught up in having control over everything, especially when it comes to photography. Line 33 is all about letting go of control and experiencing the process and result that comes with it. Even though I chose which bus and route to take, . . .
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    Ishida, Barbara Ann Strand
    <italic>SCRIPTED.<italic> is a fictional dramedy pilot for television based on Underdog, a struggling Reality TV production company. Once at the top of their game, they've fallen from grace since their founder, Robert Pup, passed away. Brothers Jake a . . .
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    Blunt, Kelly
    Me and My Good Times is a video series which glimpses an era. In this work I examine experience, from the scope of the meditative, to the confessional. During this time of my life- as a dancer in Hollywood living in near downtown Los Angeles, I sought . . .
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    He, Qiyu
    This thesis gives a written account of my short documentary Catchers in Beijing from its inception to completion. It is a documentary about a group of young, educated people living in Beijing, chasing their dreams – or about to give up on them. The ti . . .
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    Torres, Marisol Lydia
    I have completed a script for a one-act theatrical work which I can produce and perform in the Los Angeles theatre community and nationally. My ambition was to creatively incorporate my background in Latin American Studies (B.A.), along with oral and . . .
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    Dunlap, Monica
    Juba is a screenplay and a thesis or report about the discovery and writing process of writing the screenplay. The protagonist, Juba, is a fictional Louisiana slave who upon Emancipation sets out to find her daughter who was sold away as a child. The . . .
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    Pelaez, Jekyns
    Blind Justice is a short film based on a full-length feature script, which in-turn was derived from the classic Greek play, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. The film uses F. Storr's century old English translation of the original Greek text, which dates to 430 . . .
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    Berberian, Rouzanna
    I explore the relationship of culture and technology in my painting practice. I use the imagery from communication devices to underscore our daily interaction with analog and digital circuitry. Technological innovations and devices such as radio frequ . . .
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    Brown, Leah
    Working Curls offers a humorous look at the movement in the Black hair community to return to their natural hair. This web series introduces misconceptions that both African-Americans and non-African-Americans have about black hair. Working Curls usin . . .
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    Johnson, Callie M Prendiville
    A report on the writing, producing, and performing of The Helenas, a one-act, one-woman play by Callie M Prendiville Johnson. The Helenas follows a young woman named Helena in modern day Los Angeles who examines her namesakes in Shakespeare's A Midsum . . .
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    Vazquez, Juan Jose
    The aim of this thesis project is to inspire future students to push the boundaries of visual effects techniques through using consumer personal computers in order to expand the stories produced by university film students. I will explore how a short . . .
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    Lopez, Michelle Lynn
    This work is the visual exploration of identity through memory. The project embraces the notion that the mind is the creator of our identity and the force behind the body; it is what drives the body. It has the power to alter our perception, create me . . .
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    FAULK, DEBRA F.
    This is the story of a comedienne who goes on a journey one summer driving her dad, who has dementia, from Kentucky to California. In the process she reflects upon the lessons she has learned throughout her life from her father, especially the fact th . . .
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    Ventress II, Joe R.
    This MFA film project was produced utilizing digital production tools for the three primary phases of its production, i.e., pre-production, principle-photography and post-production. Production utilized digital tools including scripting, scheduling an . . .
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    Choi, Ye Ju
    My thesis performance project, entitled, Being an American, was a one-woman, autobiographical, devised theatre piece that was inspired by my experiences living in America as an international student. The performance was staged for an audience on Novem . . .
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    Cao Ying, Alexandra
    I have produced visual artworks to analyze and interpret the notions of Reality, Truth and Self. Flower Power is the product of my project that consists of seven artworks including paintings and drawings. Each piece is developed independently that sta . . .
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    Adamczyk, Maria Milca
    Vestigiality is an evolutionary concept developed by Charles Darwin to explain the presence of non-functional human traits, essential for establishing a link with our ancient ancestors. Centuries later, vestigiality was proven to occur at the molecula . . .
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    Compere, John Dunel
    The purpose of this project report is to evaluate my role as producer, writer, and actor on the short film, Intervention X. The film was produced to fulfill the thesis requirements for the Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film and Theatre at Califor . . .
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    Bennett, Naomi Petrea
    This paper looks at the creation of a sustainable collaborative theater practice through the development of Hold Me Tight, an original theatre-dance performance devised with the ensemble. Developed over a ten-month period, Hold Me Tight is inspired by . . .
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    Niu, Lin
    In this thesis report, I chronicle the production process of my film, The Dancing Class, for the completion of the MFA thesis. The Dancing Class is a fictional short film that depicts a dancer who studies at a top dance school and her intense desire t . . .
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    Rojas, Raquel
    “Chicana feminism is in various stages of development...It is recognition that women are oppressed as a group and are exploited as part of la Raza people. It is a direction to be responsible to identify and act upon the issues and needs of Chicana wom . . .
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    Clasby, Candice Marie
    This paper presents an exploration of my role as director for the show Bus Stop by William Inge presented in the Arena Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles in Winter 2015. The focus of this paper will analyze my work as a director, from . . .
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    Xu, Yuanda
    The Unexpected Guest is a fictional Asian original short film that features the fictional character Wei Jing Lin as a Taiwanese national residing in Los Angeles. Disaster strikes Wei Jing when his former music industry job rejects his working visa and . . .
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    Trabitz, Randee E.
    I directed and collaborated with performance artist John Fleck on a performance piece entitled Blacktop Highway, which I directed for Redcat's NOW Festival in August, 2014. Using the structure of classic horror films, we explore mixing cinematic narra . . .
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    Burnam, Daniel Francisco
    My thesis project consisted of revising the pilot episode of “Getting Bi,” a one-hour television high school drama series and writing the storylines for the 10-episode first season of the show. “Getting Bi” is the story of a teen girl who searches for . . .
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    Pest, Matthew Ryan
    Beginning in January of 2015, I had the privilege of working with Deaf West Theatre and California State University, Los Angeles on a co-production of David Mamet’s critically acclaimed play, American Buffalo. After three years of intense actor traini . . .
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    Moss, Alicia Nicole
    The Device is a science-fiction, feature-length screenplay set on a post-apocalyptic, futuristic Earth. The main protagonist – a geo-biologist named Chaya Maat – is forced to locate the Earth’s damaged cloaking device after Earth is invaded by aliens . . .
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    Over, Lauren
    The title of my Thesis, ‘Re-Membering Us: Faces of the Unconscious,’ is inspired by a passage of the book, Projection and Re-collection: Reflections of the Soul, by M. Von Franz (169). The intention of this project is to materially and visually explor . . .
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    Mendelson, Jo Ann
    For my culminating thesis project towards completion of my MFA in Television, Film and Theatre (TVFT) Acting Option, I performed three separate roles in Loft Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of the swashbuckling comedy Long Joan Silver by Arthur . . .
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    Stafford, Collin Michael
    <italic>Trick Answer</italic> is a cross discipline work and that utilizes with videos, performances and three-dimensional elements occupying a single space synchronously. The central piece of <italic>Trick Answer</italic> is <italic>Detritus Hall</it . . .
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    Guerrero, Moses Israel Serna
    The thesis I set out to create is one that I wished to make during my first semester in the MFA program here at California State University, Los Angeles, while in my ‘Directing for Stage’ class. This film was adapted for the screen from a theatre prod . . .
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    Ponce, Rocio
    My thesis paper examines the entire procedure involved when composing and presenting a punk rock opera/musical to the audience. It explores the simple steps practically used in the composition of a punk rock opera through a case study of personal expe . . .
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    Ortiz, Charles Rogers
    This MFA thesis project, entitled Chess & the Stranger, is a short dramatic surrealist film. It is a story that uses magical realism and turns into a psychological thriller. Chess & the Stranger focuses on the unstable emotional or mental states of it . . .
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    Kelly, Terence Gerard
    The concept for this thesis, supported by the paintings in my graduation exhibition, is the remarriage of the portrait and environment. Taking up where some of the modernists left off at portraiture’s decline, the exhibit combines traditional skill wi . . .
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    He, Qiyu
    This thesis gives a written account of my short documentary Catchers in Beijing from its inception to completion. It is a documentary about a group of young, educated people living in Beijing, chasing their dreams – or about to give up on them. The ti . . .
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    Decker, Robert Glen
    On October 20-22, 2016, Master of Fine Arts candidate Robert Glen Decker presented the play Barrymore by William Luce as his thesis project at California State University, Los Angeles. In performing this dynamic theatre piece, he demonstrated versatil . . .
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    Boccio, Erik
    Shooting an Elephant is a film that depicts the surrealistic fantasy of a man running from his troubled past. For the protagonist and author alike, it answers the question "If you could go anywhere, where would you go?" This thesis report describes th . . .
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    Davis, Deneta Y.
    College Ruled is an adult, animated television series. The show is a social satire. I discuss my journey developing this television series and how present day adult, animated television shows inspired me to create this animated series. Chapter one exp . . .
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    Touch, Stephinie
    I am a marginalized person. As an Asian American, I was deemed "too Asian" by others and not "Asian enough," "white-washed," or "too American" by other Asians. A marginalized person born from two/more different cultures might experience an internal co . . .
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    Arnold, Su Young Park
    Apperception is a sculptural work that engages viewers to connect the object presented. This transpires through their reflection of its meaning based on their own experiences in relation to the object. Philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) distinguish . . .