Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

World Languages

First Advisor

Michael Foster, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Audrey Viguier, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Popko, Ph.D.


What does a French and Digital Media Production double major do when they study abroad in Paris, France? Create a film, of course. A Semester Abroad follows my various travels during the Fall 2023 semester. In this discussion of my film, I break down the process from my initial research on French cinema, which focused on filmmakers during the French New Wave film movement of the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, to the process of creating this film. Inspired by the vignettes of Dreams directed by Akira Kurosawa, a film I first watched in my Global Cinema course, I created short films or vignettes of each excursion and did not put them all together until the very end. The result is a roughly 40-minute film composed of several vignettes with their own unique style and mood. A brief analysis of the final vignette is included near the end of this discussion to inspire you, the reader, and soon, the viewer, to start your own film discourse.