Bottom of a Glass Blues and its accompanying dissertation, Cinematic Practices are the basis of research into production practices used by independent and micro-budget filmmakers in the Central Florida community. The research presented in this dissertation is used to satisfy the academic requirements for the University of Central Florida's Master of Fine Arts in Feature Film Production. Cinematic Practices evaluates production theories used in studio and independent film-making in the present day in addition to practices popularly embraced by local filmmakers in Central Florida. The research found that there is no shared knowledge on how to organize film crews for independent filmmakers and that which is available is opaque or unintuitive in scaling to a micro-budget production. In pursuit of a more streamlined approach to production and set organization, I combined traditional production practices on independent film sets and combined them with the staff and field unit organizational theory used by the United States Army. The staff and field unit organizational structure proved a highly practical and effective logistical tool in solving protracted production planning and problem solving. The system encourages a high degree of delegation and shared responsibility to subsidiary positions of leadership that inspires and motivates participation and collaboration. Bottom of a Glass Blues is a single location dramatic comedy written, directed, and produced using the Army inspired organizational theory of production with the aspiration of inspiring local filmmakers to create stories and industry throughout Central Florida.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Sciences
Film and Mass Media
Feature Film Production
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Myerson, Andrew, "Cinematic Practices: An Evaluation of Production Theories In Service of Micro-budget Feature Film-making" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1622.