First Advisor

JJ Vazquez

Date of Award

Spring 6-14-2024

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Film and University Honors

Department

Film

Language

English

Subjects

Film Production, Cinematography, Lighting, Creative Development, Steadicam, Pre-Production, 1980s Cinema, Horror, Comedy, Camp, Camp Horror Comedy, RED Komodo

Abstract

Wanna make a rat movie?! From Ashton Livingston handing me his script in class to a week of December night shoots, his vision for a 1980s-inspired horror comedy called Rat Problem was a joy of a challenge for me to take on as his cinematographer. Watching reference films, renting and borrowing equipment, and managing the crew all culminated in creating this film's unique vintage-inspired ultra-wide and high-contrast aesthetic. The process of making this film, from equipment technicalities to creative problem-solving, forged my values as a creative collaborator. I learned to always protect the essence of the film as campy and charming and to keep my eye in tune with the audience's desire to see something interesting and genuine.

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