Title of Abstract

Conversations with My Dog

Submitting Student(s)

Cameron Muccio

Session Title

Performance Session

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Mark Nortz, Ph.D.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Theatre & Dance

Abstract

In this short film, I explore the relationship a young man has with his dog through a series of one-sided humorous conversations as he grapples with growing up, going away to college, and coping with grief. Through this film, I aim to develop a broader message about how important animals are in our lives as both companions and family members, as well as how frequently we fail to recognize how valuable they really are until after we lose them. I have a deeply personal connection to the film’s subject matter because it is inspired by actual ‘discussions’ I have had with my own pets over the years, earnestly engaging them in conversation even though they cannot respond to me. This film’s goal is to make audience members think about how their own pets have been there for all of the most significant moments in their lives. I want people to see themselves in the simple, sincere dialogue of the film and feel invested in the life of the main character based on an understanding of how much animals can mean to us. In order to achieve this, I focus the film on just a few key, relatable, poignant moments and utilize intimate close-up camera work to convey a sense of emotional connection. The film stays firmly grounded in reality with straightforward, easy-to-follow cinematography and even lighting that helps the audience stay focused on the heart of the story.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Conversations with My Dog

In this short film, I explore the relationship a young man has with his dog through a series of one-sided humorous conversations as he grapples with growing up, going away to college, and coping with grief. Through this film, I aim to develop a broader message about how important animals are in our lives as both companions and family members, as well as how frequently we fail to recognize how valuable they really are until after we lose them. I have a deeply personal connection to the film’s subject matter because it is inspired by actual ‘discussions’ I have had with my own pets over the years, earnestly engaging them in conversation even though they cannot respond to me. This film’s goal is to make audience members think about how their own pets have been there for all of the most significant moments in their lives. I want people to see themselves in the simple, sincere dialogue of the film and feel invested in the life of the main character based on an understanding of how much animals can mean to us. In order to achieve this, I focus the film on just a few key, relatable, poignant moments and utilize intimate close-up camera work to convey a sense of emotional connection. The film stays firmly grounded in reality with straightforward, easy-to-follow cinematography and even lighting that helps the audience stay focused on the heart of the story.