Alison Joy

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2014

Capstone Advisor

Keith Giglio Assistant Professor, Television/Radio/Film

Honors Reader

Evan Smith Professor, Television/Radio/Film

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Fiction | Film and Media Studies | Playwriting | Radio | Television


This Capstone consists of a feature-length dramatic screenplay of 110 pages along with a production package including schedule and budget. The production documents, created using Movie Magic software, detail a shooting schedule of 21 days and a budget of $890,979.

The film centers on a successful magazine editor who loses her job and her fiancé in the same day. Professionally disgraced, financially stunted, and unexpectedly hearbroken, she is forced to take on a “How To” blogging gig to pay the bills while she gets back on her feet. She begrudgingly accepts mentorship from an eccentric older neighbor to help her along the way, but what begins as a peculiar pairing becomes a deep friendship that challenges her intrinsic understanding of what it means to be successful.

Developed from many of my own experiences, this film seeks to give attention to the female gaze, allowing powerful women to command the audience’s attention.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.



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