My initial inquiry question was how to write a script. What drew me to it was I have always been into the theater and acting so I wanted to know why scripts are the way they are. During the process of learning how to write a script and why things are written the way they are, my question changed but then it changed back again with a few minor additions. At one point, my question changed to how to write an effective script and how the style of that script effects the reader/actor, and to present that I was going to write the same script but in multiple styles. Due to limited amount of time, I was only able to write the first scene of a script using one style; understanding why everything was written that way and using it properly took a bit of time. So, my question has changed to how to write an effective script and why they are written the way they are.
The skills that I have learned are the skills of simplicity and concision. Coming into this project I thought I was going to have to write a lot more detail into the script such as camera angles and panning directions, when, in reality, you have to be concise and loose. What I mean by loose is you don’t have to have everything planned out for the script to be effective, in fact the directors like it better if they have some wiggle room to adjust things. These skills are applicable to my success as a student because the skill of concision can be used in any assignment. The skill of simplicity can be used during group projects; when doing my part of the work I can make it detailed for content, but simple for how it can be used.
The answer to my inquiry question cannot be answered without a long explanation and examples of scripts, but what I did learn was it’s not as complicated as I thought it would be, but still just as difficult. Some evidence of my research is the link I used in a previous blog, but I will post it below again. I would also share what I have so far for my script, but I do not want to ruin the story, so I was post a copy of my script after presentations.
My final artefact demonstrates my learning by showing that I understand how to use the strategies of script writing into making my own original script. The core competencies that I have chosen for this project are:
- Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking
- Transform ideas and information to create original texts
- Create and communicate
My final artefact connects to these competencies by showing that I am able to comprehend the explanations for each item in a script, I am able to transform my own original ideas into an original text (script), and I am able to communicate my script and the details behind it with my peers.
The resources that were useful during my inquiry were
My own personal scripts from past plays
These links helped me with the basic understanding of what a screenplay is, the history behind them, how they are used, and how they are formatted. Getting to learn the basics of what a screenplay is gave me a better idea of what I was getting into and what I also would want to look into. The first link was the best link for how to write a script and what everything in a script meant.
Finally, the new questions I have are, how long does it take to write a whole script and what kind of changes do directors make to the script. What excites me about these questions is I’ve had a lot of fun making my own story line and script and, depending on the feedback I get from the class, I feel like i might want to keep this script, continue to work on it, and maybe someday be able to submit it to something where it may have the chance of being used. Knowing the answers to those questions would help me figure out what I could possibly do with my story.