This semester I’m enrolled in COMM238: Media Script Writing, where we are to think of a story idea, present it to our class, professor, and experienced scriptwriters; learn the script writing format; and write a script about our story idea.
I like this class because we’re focusing on storytelling, establishing the characters and scenes and telling stories.
I also like the book we’re using because of all of the examples of existing movies and scripts are proof of what we’re learning. The book, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field, provides a lot of helpful step-by-step guidance of how to move from a script idea to a finished script.
This week, we learned about creating inciting incidents, which is the event or story that begins a story’s problem. I’m realizing most of the things I’ve been working on as a college student are inciting incidents that are actually framing my future. Every ex-curricular activity I do is shaping me as a person and actually preparing me for my future.
Anne is a sophomore Comm Arts major concentrating in Digital Media. She’s web editor for The Wood Word, a disc jockey for 91.7 VMFM (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.), production manager for the Digital Film Production Club, and a member of TV-Marywood. She’s also Resident Representative for Student Government. @annezukowski