Coming Out of Left Field

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sample scenarios

Now that my Muse is (for the moment) not needed for my Film Production I script, she has spontaneously come up with some ideas for a future screenwriting assignment:

Scenario 1
Film student puts together a script, budget, floor plan/shot list, and other paperwork for a project. She submits them by e-mail to her professor. The professor looks them over and e-mails back with some comments. The film student reads the feedback, makes some adjustments, and then starts a long list of tasks (ordering film, finding cast/crew, reserving equipment, etc.) that will lead into several weeks of nervous, frenzied work and (she hopes) to a completed film by deadline and her re-entry into the program the following semester. The End.

Scenario 2
Same as above, except that the professor e-mails back saying, "You were on leave for almost a whole year, and you couldn't come up with anything better than this?" Film student is so dismayed by the feedback that she leaves the film program, never to go near a camera or a Steenbeck again. Years later, she can often be found in front of the TV, making cutting comments about the shows and commercials and muttering to herself, "I coulda been a contender." The End.

Scenario 3
Same as Scenario 1, except that the student receives an autoreply saying the professor himself is on leave this semester, and all deadlines are therefore extended until his return. This scenario could go one of two ways. In 3(a), the student somehow wangles access to the equipment over the summer, and has the completed film waiting when the professor comes back. In 3(b), the break from classes allows the student to take on an unpaid editing internship, which unexpectedly turns into a paying job, enabling the student to leave the program without needing to complete the film project.

The working titles of the film: "Anxiety," "Fantasy", "Reality". I'll leave it to you to figure out which one is which.

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