Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis/Colloquium - Ethan ’19

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Each Bosque senior undertakes a year-long independent research project and delivers his or her findings in a twenty-page research essay as well as in the public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.
In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 15 and 16, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into student researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Ethan ’19
How does editing images, sound, and music change an audience’s emotional response to a short film?

Thesis Synopsis
Ethan is researching how film editing can change a person's emotional perspective and understanding of a short film. His project is unlike most theses done in the past because it focuses on the experiment of the project rather than the outside supporting sources. Ethan filmed a short video and edited it into nine different versions, which he showed to volunteers.  The volunteers then answered questions to help Ethan gather information about the various emotional effects on different editing techniques. For instance, a combination of quick cuts and epic music can make a video seem "thrilling" or "epic." His project offers a way for filmmakers to achieve their desired effect with editing, when plot and dialogue fail.

Researcher Bio
Ethan has been involved in many Bosque School groups, as well as independent projects outside of school. He is on the upper school’s VEX Robotics team, performs magic, and makes short videos. He has been a member of the Jazz Band and played basketball, ran track, and was on the bowling team. Ethan, through his many interests, has set his goal to become a film director in the expanding industry as it would allow him to learn every aspect of movie-making, from the production and the storyboarding, to the business and marketing. Ethan plans to attend either DePaul University or Seattle University in the fall of 2019.