Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Paper

Degree Name

English Creative Writing-BA




Karen Steigman

First Committee Member

Tammy Birk

Second Committee Member

Jessica Crossfield McIntosh


Hemingway, Screenplay, Creative, Writing

Subject Categories

Creative Writing | Playwriting


For this project, I completed a screenplay for a short film. For my preliminary research into screenplay writing and form, I studied key concepts in narrative cinema, including theories of visual and narrative content. I wanted to enhance my understanding of the relationship between the writing of film and the way it translates to the screen. In particular I studied the relation between the narrative (plot and story) and visual (cinematography and mise-en-scène) in film theory, and the dichotomy of classical Hollywood vs. Avant-garde cinema. My research enhanced my understanding of how visual narrative can offer elements to a story that written narrative cannot. Understanding the relation between visual and narrative cinema was a crucial background question for writing my screenplay.