Writing and directing the short film "Before it's gone."


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This thesis details the conception, production, and analysis of my thesis film “Before It’s Gone.” Following an amnesiac as he investigates a lead to his lost past, the film is seated in questions of time, memory, and grief, and dramatizes the ways in which the past forms the foundation of our present. Such questions are also examined through the various philosophical (Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze), literary (Marcel Proust, Patrick Modiano), and filmic (Orson Welles, Alain Resnais) influences that informed the film. As an academic turned filmmaker, this thesis also chronicles my first forays into filmmaking, as well as the lessons learned throughout the production of “Before It’s Gone.”