Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Media and Entertainment Arts BA


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Vincenzo Mistretta, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Edgar Simpson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sabine Heinhorst, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Communication Studies


Creation, Craft, and COVID-19 is a documentary film that looks into the creation and development of a small jewelry business called Novi Creations based in Laurel, Mississippi. This thesis interviews Shauna Stockstill, the owner of Novi Creations, and presents the history of the business, its daily processes, and its struggles through the COVID-19 pandemic. This thesis also covers the planning and pre-production of the film and the performative method of approach. It breaks down different styles of documentary filmmaking and addresses ethical dilemmas found commonly in documentaries. I express my reason for creating this film and desire to share Shauna’s story, and I explain how my use of lighting, footage, and music add to the emotional expression in the film.

Keywords: film, documentary, performative, craft, covid, jewelry