Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name

Fine Arts (Integrated Arts and Education)

Department or School/College

Creative Pulse Program

Committee Chair

James Kriley

Commitee Members

Dorothy Morrison, Karen Kaufmann


actors, blockbuster, budgets, directing, Entertainment, hollywood, independent films, man of steele, montana movies, production, scripts, short films, writing


University of Montana


I am enrolled in two very different master programs: The Creative Pulse and Media Arts. Some questioned the load of working toward both graduate degrees simultaneously. Fortunately the programs married each other well and one aided the other. Skills adopted in both were critical to the project foot printed in this paper. Both degrees had a focus in art but The Creative Pulse combined interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences with leadership taught in groups that changed the way I processed information. We were challenged to use risk and rigor in all endeavors. This was not a suggestion but mandatory. Intense group work was a requirement in this program and the aforementioned skills could only be integrated by participation. I watched lessons unfold in the group work sometimes mere hours after the dispensation of information. I spent concentrated time actively working as a member of a group and assigned to deep reflection upon what behavior worked and didn’t work to the success of these said groups. In Media Arts I learned filmmaking: writing, production, directing and editing—all critical skills to good story telling. It happened that movie making was a highly collaborative process and a well run movie set required immense group work. How well a group meshed could be the determining factor whether a production was successful or not. On a daily basis I used leadership skills taught in The Creative Pulse and applied them in Media Arts. Although this final creative project was based on ideas developed in Media Arts, bar none, it was the group skills honed in The Creative Pulse that held the project together and the dedication to risk and rigor that kept me personally going. Have you wondered what a producer does or had thoughts of writing your own short film? This paper documents my journey in movie making and my development as a producer (a leader). It documents time in both degrees and storyboards the process of my final project; Movie Making: The Integration of Art and Business.



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