Back Burner: A Narrative Short Film

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sadie Maddock (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Stephen McCreery

Abstract: For the past two years, I have worked with a team to produce a narrative short film each semester. In the fall of my junior year, I wrote and served as producer for a three-minute short film. In the spring, I teamed up with my classmates to form the “Beasley Dream Team” to participate in the 40 Hour Film Festival at App State. Last semester I wrote and directed a film in a second-level video production course. And this semester, I compiled a team to help me as I wrote, directed, and produced my thesis narrative short film. With each production, I became more confident in my work, the process became smoother, and the decision-making became more about creative choices and less about production basics. With each semester, I became more invested in video production, filmmaking, and visual storytelling. Writing, directing, and producing a narrative short film seemed to be the perfect culmination of my experiences in the program. When creating “Back Burner,” I was able to use my experiences with past productions to decide what I wanted to do differently, and what worked well that I wanted to do the same. For example, “Love Cubed,” the film I worked on for my second-level video production course, consisted of a series of scenes depicting two characters talking to each other. This structure worked fine, but it meant that we ended up shooting each scene in almost the same way. With “Back Burner,” I wanted to emphasize visual storytelling and allow parts of the film to move forward without leaning so heavily on dialogue. Link to film:

Additional Information

Honors Project
Maddock, S. (2020). Back Burner: A Narrative Short Film. Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
narrative, film, creative, electronic media, broadcasting

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