Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Disciplines

Digital Humanities | Screenwriting

Abstract (300 words maximum)

A moral to the story is commonly associated with fables. It is difficult to state a moral without talking down to your audience. In terms of film, it takes a master screenplay to be able to display a moral properly and incorporate that overall theme into the script. This is what Jonathan Abel and Glenn Berger do so well in their 2008 animated comedy, Kung Fu Panda. The film moves like a fable as it moves around the Valley of Peace’s animal population. In this video essay, I explore the theme of self-confidence in various ways that range from screenplay, character development, and character design. By having their audience follow a character who struggles with self-confidence face off against a character who has a large ego, this becomes one of the most important films when dealing with displaying their theme. It presents a story that is easily accessible with a theme that is relatable to everyone.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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Confidence Is Key: A Moral Study Of Kung Fu Panda

A moral to the story is commonly associated with fables. It is difficult to state a moral without talking down to your audience. In terms of film, it takes a master screenplay to be able to display a moral properly and incorporate that overall theme into the script. This is what Jonathan Abel and Glenn Berger do so well in their 2008 animated comedy, Kung Fu Panda. The film moves like a fable as it moves around the Valley of Peace’s animal population. In this video essay, I explore the theme of self-confidence in various ways that range from screenplay, character development, and character design. By having their audience follow a character who struggles with self-confidence face off against a character who has a large ego, this becomes one of the most important films when dealing with displaying their theme. It presents a story that is easily accessible with a theme that is relatable to everyone.

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