The following is a collection of academic essays I have written during my time seeking my Master of Arts in Communication at Baylor University

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The Auteur Collaborative

This essay proposes a new interpretation of the auteur theory that emphasizes the collaborative element of filmmaking - primarily the partnership of the director and cinematographer. The essay also examines this proposal at work in the films of Wes Anderson and his director of photography Robert Yeoman.


"My Machine's Out of Order" - An Analysis of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal

This essay is a critical action analysis of Sophie Treadwell's 1928 masterpiece, Machinal. I examine the four themes of Routine, Freedom, Escape, and Futility and how they are expressed in the theatrical elements of structure, characters, dialogue, and sound effects.


Cast of Characters - Reading Films and Plays Using an Ensemble-Centric Approach

This essay examines the ensemble casting system and proposes an approach to reading films and plays that focuses on the strengths of the system as primary to the creation of the work. The essay demonstrates the system by comparing Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums.


An Analysis of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson

This essay is a critical analysis of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Piano Lesson. It examines the two opposing worldview presented in the play and how they are presented - through characters, objects, and dialogue.