Thesis Guide

Dr. Shahabuddin Adel, as a faculty member at the University of Art and a professor of film and theater, photography and … is a supervisor or consultant for many graduate and doctorate student dissertations. It should be noted that a number Selected theses have been selected since 2011 and posted on the site and titles of other theses have been included on the site. For full details, please refer to the website of the University of Art’s Central Library.

Master's Degree Thesis 2017:

The Analysis of Character Representation in Darius Mehrjuie's Trilogy (Sara,Pari and Leila) based on Judith Butler's Theories.

Thesis Title: The Analysis of Character Representation in Darius Mehrjuie’s Trilogy (Sara,Pari and Leila) based on Judith Butler’s Theories.
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Noushin Delfany
Years: October 2017

Abstract:
Beside introducing new commodities and services, commercial advertisements represent and propagate cultural values and relationships. This research has been an attempt to study the gender representation in advertisements broadcasted on IRIB during 40s and 50s and 90s (solar year). In order to do so, Erving Goffman’s theories have been applied. Goffman introduces six topics which are most common in epresenting women within the commercials which are relative size, feminine touch, family, function ranking, ritualization of subordination, and licensed withdrawal. The findings of the present thesis reveal that the commercials off 40s and 50s, more than other factors, have used ritualization of
subordination and licensed withdrawal and the family pattern has been rarely detected in this group which mostly highlights sexual attractions of women. However, in advertisements of 90s the family pattern has been detected to be the most represented one.

Ketwords:
Erving Goffman, commercial advertisements, Gender representation, women

An Analysis of Representation self and the other in the works of three Iranian filmmakers (Abbas Kiarostami, Ibrahim Hatamikia and Asghar Farhadi) with emphasis on postcolonial theory

Thesis Title: The Analysis of Character Representation in Darius Mehrjuie’s Trilogy (Sara,Pari and Leila) based on Judith Butler’s Theories.
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Sarvenaz Aghazamani
Years: November 2017

Abstract:
The history of the use of terms such as critique, theory, and postcolonial studies dates back to the late 1950s, although the beginning of the collapse of colonial empires dates back to before this time, after World War II. Post-colonialism was initially presented as a research branch in cultural studies, linked to categories such as nationalism, Multiculturalism, ethnicity, race, and cultural identity, and sought to investigate the relationship of colonized withe colonial culture. The post-prefix is that post-colonialism describes post-independence cultures, but the post-colonial unit can also be a “ethnic minority” of an immigrant or a native citizen. The central themes of works such as the Franz Fannon’s The Wretched of the Earth, Edward Said’s Orientalism, Gayatri Spivak’s views, and others are always the critique of Western folk art as “self-European.” In this “Eurocentrism” culture, marginalized people become “the other”…

Ketwords:
self and other, power discourse, post-colonial, Iranian cinema

A Critical Review of Representation of Culture and Geopraphy of South of Iran in Thaghvai, Naderi and Ayyari's Films

Thesis Title: The Analysis of Character Representation in Darius Mehrjuie’s Trilogy (Sara,Pari and Leila) based on Judith Butler’s Theories.
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Sarvenaz Aghazamani
Years: November 2017

Abstract:
Hormozgan, Bushehr and Khuzestan provinces which are along the Persian Gulf, despite the differences in customs of its inhabitants have a common culture So that they can be considered as a group with common ethnic identity so their life and culture can be studied. In this thesis films from three southern filmmakers, Nasser Thaghvai, Amir Naderi and Kianoush Ayari which are about the culture of this area, is examined. Study the method of representation of southern culture and geography in the works of these filmmakers helps to better understanding of Southern culture. In the other hand it help better understanding of their films, and relation between cultural and geographical characteristics of a folk and artistic features of cinema…

Ketwords:
Representation, Local Culture, South of Iran, Naser Taghvai, Amir Naderi, Kianoush Ayari

Master's Degree Thesis 2016:

The sociology of the role of female characters in Iranian cinema after the Islamic Revolution

Thesis Title: The sociology of the role of female characters in Iranian cinema after the Islamic Revolution
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Farzaneh Amini
Years: October 2016

Abstract:
The subject of this research, sociology jobs are female characters in Iranian cinema after the Islamic Revolution. Women’s policy in the cinema after the Islamic Revolution, stabilizing the position of women in society And respond to the view that women are not a means of entertainment but also a certain influence on the culture of society. However, the era witnessed the rise and fall with the introduction of women in cinema after revolution But the presence of a different woman than the woman before the Islamic revolution to suit the social structures and culture of this period was the Representation of women in these courses, experiencing dramatic changes and these changes variously as: The proportion of women in films, quality jobs, type of coverage, social class, type of use of cultural products, personal skills, themes, dialogue, education, beliefs, language, personal and family problems, etc. There is settlement mechanism. Although the presence of women in this period are associated with differences Due to political and social developments such as during the revolution and war, reconstruction and restoration…

Ketwords:
Erving Goffman, commercial advertisements, Gender representation, women

The study of the modes of acting in Iran's cinema after the Islamic Revolution, based on the views of Sanford, Meizer and Actors Studio

Thesis Title: The study of the modes of acting in Iran’s cinema after the Islamic Revolution, based on the views of Sanford, Meizer and Actors Studio
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Niloufar Haghi
Years: October 2016

Abstract:
Some people believe that skill of actor or actress is the straightest presence of director’s attitude, in which their attempt outcome is granting a soul to lifeless body that is a character has been created on the paper by an author
before. Therefore in this study is going to be attempted to create a renaissance in the skill of acting on the basis of two people who are great theorists of “style method” that depend on “Constantin Stanislavski” principals, it is time to do research The ways of acting in the cinema of Iran. The main objective of this study is going to survey the progress period in acting category in the cinema of Iran is based on scientific principals and adoption of these category with international standards. In this case it will be referred to the academic arrival factors of acting and the criteria of choosing of actors or actresses in the cinema of Iran today, as well; of course the effective factors on these criteria are different one period to another period will be considered.
The procedure of data collection in this study depends on library written first class resources, such as scientific articles and books in which allot to acting issues and also observing cinema works over 1357 till today have been made in the cinema of Iran. At the end of these study and as a conclusion had been made an effort by choosing and surveying some samples of the works of the cinema of Iran during the years after revolution the style of actors or actresses of these works are belonged to different generation and they should be adopted to the ideas and principals of “Lee Strasberg” and “Sanford Meisner” in order to come to this conclusion whether this kind of acting the cinema of Iran was made in presion of live styles acting in the world or not? Therefore we can realize what is the reason of tendency or untendency to Iranian directors to academic principals in the process of choosing actors or actresses, as well?
It is hoped that this study can reach the above mentioned objectives and problems in order to solve them and further more answering to the whole questions it can provide comprehensive data through these findings and achieved outcomes for the readers.

Ketwords:
Methods of acting, Cinema of Iran after revolution, Method style, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Academic principal

Representation of West American myth and identity in classical Western (based on Joseph Campbell's views)

Thesis Title: Representation of West American myth and identity in classical Western (based on Joseph Campbell’s views)
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Mostafa Attarpour
Years: October 2016

Abstract:
Myths and archetypes of thousands of years ago been in contact with the human psyche and unconscious And have always reproduces itself through new media. Along with the birth of cinema.Western as the oldest son of cinematic art form,become Flagship myths representation for millions of people.This genre is So fully taken root in America that would portray that vast country as a community and identity.
Joseph Campbell is the most important mythologist of our age. Relying on his ideas about the mythic themes and Hero’s Journey pattern, we can find function of The most important archetypes and myths of the Western genre represented in society in order to shape the American identity decoding. And find the the functions of the political and social elements to suit the demands of America in the Western investigated. To be deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the role of this genre in American society And mythological qualities identified and analyzed it.

Ketwords:
Western, mythology, American identity, joseph Campbell, hero’s journey, archetype

A Study of Biopic Biography Documentary Cinema with an Emphasis on Iranian Cinema

Thesis Title: A Study of Biopic Biography Documentary Cinema with an Emphasis on Iranian Cinema
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Paniz Fazl Alizadeh
Years: October 2016

Abstract:
This project is a research about “Biography” films & reviews these kinds of films to distinguish the line between drama & documentary. The most important question is what’s the biography , which is called as “Biopic” or “Portraitist Documentary” & what definitions can be provided for them? After the definitions, we will distinguish them from each other & then present the Iranian portrait films. We’ll discuss about an important issue “Hybrid documentaries” & determine the place of portraitist films in drama & documentary cinemas.
The project will continues with research about the importance & cultural impact of documentary films, emphasis on portraitist films & the deficiencies of this species in Iran. Unfortunately, there isn’t any references about portraitist films especially when approaches to drama. The most important references that focus on biography documentaries are: a thesis “exploring the aesthetic & structural aspects of biography documentary in Iran” & a book written by Mr. Zabeti Jahromi “morphology & typology of documentary cinema” .The most important book about this kind of documentary is “Biopic in contemporary film culture” that proceeds to biopic films. Anyway, the subject of biopic & portraitist films has not been reviewed properly neither in Iran nor in Hollywood (even that book mentioned to this matter). This research is an attempt to achieve a clear definition of biographic film & reviews its position in Iranian documentary cinema.

Ketwords:
Biography, Character, Portrate, Biopic, Documentary, Drama documentary, Docudrama , Culture

The melodrama genre and its evolution in the film by Rhine Werner Fassbinder

Thesis Title: The melodrama genre and its evolution in the film by Rhine Werner Fassbinder
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Mehrnoush Fetrat
Years: October 2016

Abstract:
The purpose of this project is to become familiar with Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Melodrama as well as enumerating the salient future of it. The opinion of theorists such as Peter Brooks, Eric Bentley and Thomas Elsaesser is used to analyze the formal characteristic of melodrama in Fassbinder’s works. Since there is no comprehensive theory called melodrama, in addition to the idea of these theorists, the opinion of others such as James L. Smith, Susan Hayward, Warren Buckland and Christine Goldhill has also been noted. Despite the fact that most of Fassbinder’s works are melodrama, but the analysis of his melodramatic approach has the condition that cannot rely on the opinion of genre theorist domain. Therefore in this study, the comments by Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan are used to analyze the hysterical character and complex power relation between Fassbinder’s characters. In theoretical frame work of this study three main type of melodrama are presented and then the three key points which are mainly highlighted in the analysis of melodrama are also considered. These three issues are examined in detail considering the nonradical theorist, Eric Bentley, and radical one, Thomas Elsaesser. All of these cases have been studied in the four Fassbinder’s works: The Marriage of Maria Braun. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fear of Fear, and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Key questions of this study are as follow: what is the characteristic of Fassbinder’s work? What is the status of woman in his work? What is the concept of victim in Fasbinder’s Cinema? How is the reflection of socio political environment after the world war two in his works?

Ketwords:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Melodrama, Victim, Hysteria.

The study of Hollywood cinematic structure from the 1970s to the present

Thesis Title: The study of Hollywood cinematic structure from the 1970s to the present
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Marjan Asadi
Years: October 2016

Abstract:
Some people like to consider title sequence such as circle in which after finishing it, the film is begin and audience will be attracted into the cinema. In this thesis attempted to get into the title sequence of Hollywood and relationship with movie and its impression on film narration and audience. The main aim in this thesis is to survey the cohabitant qualify of title sequence’s subject and its structure with the content of movie has been and among the relationship between title sequence and other section of cinema such as movie editing and cinematography and in relation with other arts especially graphic is studied. The main hypothesis of this research is indicating of content and movie narration in title sequence.
To show that how title sequence is located in direct or in direct with content and story also clarifaying has been done in minute signs of the sake lack of English and Persian sources in the field of film title sequence’s data often in the form of compiled data taken from library written sources such as thesises in which has the same title like this research but there are some movies during 1970 up to now have been overwhelming, the artist’s essays in scope of title sequence in artificial space and movie valid site. Lastly, it has been attempted to survey the samples of effective and lasting title sequence and in accordance with success and lasting thesis works in title sequence history and particularly audiences mind to be able to achive a good strategy for making successful title. In this thesis has been studied the relationship between different parts of movie with title sequence and their impress on narration have been surveyed it is hoped that this text is submitted a rather comperehansive data in the field of title sequence in order that interested people in the scope of cinema university studies carry out in this respect because of the importance and role of title sequence in iran cinema artistic- scientific studies will be increased in future as well.

Ketwords:
Title, Hollywood, Cinematic Structure, Filming,

Master's Degree Thesis 2015

Survey of the Creating Fantasy and Imagination by Modern Technologies in Live action Cinema (With Emphasis on the Lord of the Ring’s Trilogy)

Thesis Title: Survey of the Creating Fantasy and Imagination by Modern Technologies in Live action Cinema (With Emphasis on the Lord of the Ring’s Trilogy)
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Behshid Osroosh
Years: July 2015

Abstract:
From the starting point of human’s life, fantasies and imaginations has been formed one of the most important aspects of his life, in such a way that man has always sought to represent them in different forms of art and literary themes. With the arrival of cinema into the fields of art, another important facility has been given to human to represent his imaginations and fantasies through the technical achievements. In this regard, live action as a cinematic term has been defined for hybridizing the reality and virtual in cinema and the further expansion of technologies in this field that caused an issue on how to create fantasies and imaginations as well as their definitions.
Thus, the aim of this study is evaluating the definitions and the process of creating human fantasies and imaginations according to the development of modern technologies in a sort of live action cinema that is related to the fantasy film genre. This purpose has been done by studying the library Persian and English resources with analyzing the Lord of the rings film trilogy.
For achieving this purpose, the author after presenting a brief history of fantasy-live action cinema, a definition of the fantasy film genre, its different types and specifications along with the concept of imagination and live action, started to survey on the technologies and technological process of live action cinema. Then the author presented a brief analysis about the challenges of Realism and cinematic imagination and at the end of study by survey on the Lord of the rings’ trilogy as a case study, has presented the results about improvement of human imagination and fantasy through the modern facilities in fantasy-live action cinema. These results show that the cinematic qualities and improvement of fantasy-live action cinema and human imaginations or against, the possible damages to the concepts and nature of cinema depends on functions of filmmakers.

Ketwords:
Fantasy, Imagination, live action, Modern Technologies, The Lord of the rings

Various aspects of the representation of women in the work of Iranian women filmmakers

Thesis Title: Various aspects of the representation of women in the work of Iranian women filmmakers
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Khatere Sadat Abbasi
Years: November 2015

Abstract:
This thesis is the result of a research that examines the role and representation of women in the work of female directors in Iran’s cinema. For this purpose, three raised and prolific female director, Rakhshan Bani-E’temad, Tahmineh Milani and Pouran Derakhshandeh was selected and three movie of each one analyzed by semiotics. Also for a comparative study between men and women, Three important movie of the three male directors mentioned that they focused on the female character is selected. These movies are killing mad dog, unruled paper and Common life of Mr Mahmoudi and his lady.
The findings suggest that Women leading roles in films of women directors reviewed a huge difference in terms of the representation of the male directors. While both try to representation of women, but the female filmmakers show this subject with more depth but Male directors only limited to the image formed in the community. The findings also showed that the representation of women in different time periods have been significant changes. These changes usually revealed in social class and maternal and other items such as the presence of women in films, business quality, coverage, education, skills, communications and so on.

Ketwords:
representation, women, Iranian cinema, female directors, social class

A Critical Study of the Slasher sub-genre in American Cinema from the 1980 to the present Day

Thesis Title: A Critical Study of the Slasher sub-genre in American Cinema from the 1980 to the present Day
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Saeed Poshtmashhadi
Years: Winter 2015

Abstract:
Cinema as art, including several genres and subgenres, is the form that is being increased its verities day by day, also, this diversity based on different social-cultural point of view is undoubtedly essential for achieving applied understanding in the realm of cinematic studies.
Slasher movies, one of the horror movies subgenres, are the more considerably than other horrors subgenres for audience for three decade So this kind of movies hase been become noteworthly. Studying the slasher movies along with its difference in them and setting , as well as realizing what political or social factors are involved in this diversity can enhance our knowledge about these movies. Consequently Idesire to analysis slashers three-decade history, development, and effect in this masters thesis.

Ketwords:
Genre, Genre Slasher, American Cinema

An analysis of Themes of American Post 1980's Independent Cinema Vs. Hollywood Mainstream (Case Study: Richard Linklater)

Thesis Title: An analysis of Themes of American Post 1980’s Independent Cinema Vs. Hollywood Mainstream (Case Study: Richard Linklater)
Supervisor: Dr. Shahabeddin Adel
Student: Hossein Zamen Zarrabi
Years: December 2015

Abstract:
Cinema as art, including several genres and subgenres, is the form that is being increased its verities day by day, also, this diversity based on different social-cultural point of view is undoubtedly essential for achieving applied understanding in the realm of cinematic studies.
Slasher movies, one of the horror movies subgenres, are the more considerably than other horrors subgenres for audience for three decade So this kind of movies hase been become noteworthly. Studying the slasher movies along with its difference in them and setting , as well as realizing what political or social factors are involved in this diversity can enhance our knowledge about these movies. Consequently Idesire to analysis slashers three-decade history, development, and effect in this masters thesis.

Ketwords:
Hollywood, New Hollywood, Richard Linklater, Ideology, 1980 and 1990’s Independent Cinema in the U.S.