This paper discusses the preparation and creative process of my thesis feature screenplay Everything That Glitters, including the inspiration, proposal, re-proposal, shooting, and revising of the script. It also documents the background story from aspects of Chinese culture and tradition. The script revolves around a young Chinese woman’s journey to America. Unable to accept the marriage her parents have arranged for her, she comes to the United States as an international student to live her life on her own terms. It doesn’t work out well. This story is largely based on my own life experiences, except the part about the arranged marriage. It aims to depict the drastic differences between Chinese and American culture, and how much influence culture and tradition have on people’s life choices.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Chinese students--United States--Drama; Young women--Family relationships--China--Drama; Culture shock--United States--Drama

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Franklin Deese

Advisor/Committee Member

Stephanie Maxwell


RIT – Main Campus

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