During the Fall of 2018, while everyone else was out scaring each other at corn mazes, I was cooped up on my bed working on my final project for my senior capstone course: a masters course in screenwriting. For the final project, I pitched an idea for a feature film, which meant that I was expected to write a script ranging from 100-120 pages. This was daunting, to say the least. And at times, it seemed overwhelming, especially when some of the other kids sitting next to me were clever enough to pitch ideas for a one hour drama (only 60 pages).
However, the experience proved to be positively challenging and worthwhile in various ways. For one thing, I chose to write about a tiny idea I’d thought of many semesters ago, and watching it bloom into a full-fledged script was self-rewarding. Secondly, with every word typed in Final Draft Pro I become more in tune with the flow and techniques important to writing scripts. And it’s quite a captivating journey to be on.
Below you’ll find the very brief, but hopefully enjoyable, opening scene to the first draft of the feature film I developed for my senior capstone course.