Major Research Project

“The Art of Dreaming” is my Major Research Project for the McMaster University Communications and New Media M.A. Program.

Utilizing surrealist and alternative filmmaking techniques, I created a short film that complements my Major Research Paper structured around notions of film adaptations. The paper deals primarily with the idea that film adaptations are able to extend the meaning of the original text: they stand up against the original text, but also help aid and create an interconnected work, and draws important distinctions of the various levels of adaptation that can be undertaken. These can range from a simple “transposition” which is a very clear cut definition ¬†of an adaptation with little or no alterations at all – to an “analogy” which bears little resemblance to the original text.

I also analyze and assess various adapted works in comparison to the originals. I discuss works such as Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brother’s “The Road”, Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief” and Charlie Kaufman’s quite literal “Adaptation” and briefly touch on the screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels.

This position on adaptation is taken in conjunction with a second approach to developing a narrative – alternative filmmaking. The paper focuses largely on surrealist director David Lynch and the impact that these techniques and methods of filmmaking affect the adaptation of linear stories. In Lynch’s case, two of his major film releases “Wild at Heart” and “Lost Highway” were both adapted works from two separate Barry Gifford novels. This section of the paper explores Lynch’s creative construction of these adaptations and how they can impact interpretations of the original work.

This subsection of my website will be used to present additional information about the creative process behind creating this short film, along with a presentation of the work and an embedded YouTube version of the film hosted on my account.



“The Art of Dreaming” – The Short Film

Production Book

Major Research Paper