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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Anderson, Matthew Christian
Author's Email Address mande11@lsu.edu
URN etd-0410103-123323
Title Out the Loop
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James Bennett Committee Chair
Katie Powell Committee Member
Moira Crone Committee Member
  • screenplay
Date of Defense 2003-03-28
Availability unrestricted
Often referred to as resembling an architectural blueprint, the screenplay is known for its laconic style. Discarding the subjective abstractionism of a more flowery writing, the screenplay's brevity forces the writer to make use of the physical world of the text to display its underlying currents of thought. This trend in artistic representation, of which the influence has been heatedly discussed since the onset of the cinema, is not stagnant but evolving. The screenwriters of today produce their craft with an increased savoir faire not only in relation to plot and form but also in regards to the aesthetics of the composition itself.

"Out the Loop" serves as an indicator of the emerging trend of screenplays to be composed with an attention to the aesthetics of writing. The goal is to with the writing add another layer of meaning for the readers of the screenplay and producers of the would be film. Irregardless of whether or not this is achieved, the physical world of the text examines the plight of an emerging class of dispossessed Americans and asks the question: where do they go from here?

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