My thesis On Your Own is an 18-minute short fiction film focusing on the relationship between a daughter and her dying father. After his wife was killed in a car accident, Frank, as a single father, raises his daughter Giana who has Down syndrome on his own. Frank becomes informed that he is in the terminal stage of lung cancer. He teaches Giana how to live on her own and tries different ways to find a suitable facility to take care of Giana after his death.

The film was shot in HD format using Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera with Zeiss Lenses, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Pro Tools and color graded in DaVinci Resolve 11.

In this paper, I will discuss my experience during the whole production processes, and explore goals and the authentic works from its original conceptions to the first official screening of my at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Families--Drama; Lungs--Cancer--Patients--Drama; Down syndrome--Drama

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Peter Kiwitt

Advisor/Committee Member

Malcolm Spaull

Advisor/Committee Member

Frank Desse


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1996 .W364 2015


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