Date of Award

December 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Member

David Donar

Committee Member

Kathleen Thum

Committee Member

Anthony Summey


Sunshine is a story about growing up. It’s a story that I feel is important to tell, because it’s a hardship that everyone can relate to. By sharing a story that other people can understand, I can create a connection between myself and my audience; or a feeling of empathy. I chose to tell this story through film, so I could share my story primarily through images, or visual narrative. Sunshine is currently in its animatic state, which is the preliminary version of the film. The animatic, or story reel, consists of the film’s storyboards put together and timed out in a video format, and includes a scratch track of the voices and sounds in the film. In this paper, I will be discussing some of the foundations of creating a visual narrative; including the process of story development and character creation, the necessity of storyboarding and its principles in conveying stories, and the digital tools and process that I used to create and assemble the final story reel.



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