Posted tagged ‘storytelling’

Sophomores prepare to write their first feature film!

September 3, 2009

This quarter with Professor Chris Riley, myself and another 30+ media sophomores have been preparing to write our very own feature script. We started with brainstorming for story ideas and writing down log lines. Second, we sectioned into writing groups, each week giving and receiving input on ideas. Lots of writing, thinking, reworking, and more writing. The creativity process is never more dynamic then in the beginning stages while the story unfolds on computer screens, post-it-notes, on the margins of notebooks, in Adoration, and even in in dreams while dozing during 5 min class breaks. We’ve now come close to the finish line of this quarter, and many of us have an entire feature-length story written up as a beat sheet and completed treatments. Our characters become more and more alive with each new week, as we place conflict in their way and watch them grow, either for better or for worse. Next quarter the actual writing of the feature script begins…but for now, the most important part of script writing, the pre-planning process, is creatively working its course.

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The Prime Teacher-Student Relationship

February 24, 2009

Being a Digital-Media sophomore at JP Catholic, I have the tremendous pleasure of taking a writing class with screen writer Chris Riley that stresses one-on-one mentorship and thus boasts a full three student roster! Albert Millspaugh, Marta Connolly and myself make up the creative team that Professor Riley instructs. Each one of us, including Professor, are currently working on full length film scripts. This is the basis for the class. Two hours a day, twice a week, a meeting of unprecedented creativity collides to create a whirlwind of character development and plot twists!

Yes, this is somewhat of an exaggeration. Our classes are more structured and we DO have quizzes. Professor Riley is currently quizzing us on the book “Save the Cat.” The book explains, clearly and entertainingly, the basics of telling a story. We take lessons presented in the book and apply them to our own scripts and stories. We’ll spend nearly the whole class strictly talking about each other’s scripts, what we can improve and what can be cut. The opinions and pieces of advice that float through these conversations are priceless.  Being mentored personally by accomplished industry professionals is one of the highlights of being a student at JP Catholic.