The following thesis project represents the culmination of studies in the M.F.A. in Cinematic Media Production graduate program by the student, Chirag Patel. It serves as a representation of knowledge gained during the program, in addition to a showcase of materials produced by the student to serve as a portfolio for future employment opportunities in the media industry. The thesis aims to provide a thorough understanding of the media production process by the student, who will present multiple projects designed to highlight the various steps in the production process, from story development through pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Furthermore, each project will strive to fulfill the ultimate goal of telling "stories that matter," wherein media can be used to provide a thoughtful critique on life through art. The final thesis will be submitted to the M.F.A. production faculty for review and will then be submitted to the office of the Dean of Seaver College for final review and acceptance on behalf of the student earning his graduate degree from Pepperdine University.

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Motion picture plays; Storytelling

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Seaver College



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John Sitter