Now that you’ve been introduced to the idea of the Unfamiliar Genre Project (in my last post), you may be wondering what genre I decided on. Wait no more—I intend on writing a screenplay. Obviously, some aspects of the genre will be familiar to me: I have experience watching T.V. and movies, after all. But that is about as far as my experience with screenwriting goes. I have read bits and pieces of a few screenplays (the original draft of Star Wars, for example) but otherwise, it is unfamiliar.
I know that it will resemble a script for a play, as the word “script” is often interchangeable with “screenplay.” I enjoyed acting when I was young, and though I am disappointed by the fact that I didn’t pursue it past the third grade, I did get experience with plays: directing, acting, stage direction and the like. Plus, I’m an English Major. Reading plays is a requirement (Shakespeare mostly…shocked?). A screenplay ought to have similar characteristics: prompts describing the action, cues for characters actions, and lines of dialogue that carry the plot. Perhaps the biggest difference between a screenplay and the script for a staged play will be the necessary inclusion of camera cues.
While trying to decide on a genre for the UGP, I googled “unusual genres.” Because of poor googling-skills, I didn’t find what I was looking for but I did find a whole lot of bizarre narrative genres. Unfortunately nothing really seemed exciting. In my despair (okay, mild discomfort?) in not finding a genre I decided I would watch a movie instead of doing homework. (Let me say: I’m really a good student… most of the time). “That’s it!” I thought, “I’ll write a screenplay!” It would be something totally new… and exciting.
I guess my biggest hope for this project will be to gain experience in story telling. That’s what makes a great movie after all, right? I mean acting, camera work, set-design and such all go into it, but if it isn’t a good story, what’s the point? I am fascinated by the art of storytelling, and the power of stories to transform the way we see and interact with the world, which makes me thrilled for this project. That said, it will definitely be something I “wobble” in. Dialogue is a prominent part of screenwriting, and I am definitely uncomfortable writing dialogue. I feel like I have a tendency to make it sound too straight laced and pretentious. I’m less worried about the camera directions and “stage-cues” because action and setting are things I feel more comfortable with. Also, there seems to be freedom with these cues in a screenplay because of the director’s input during filming.
Anyway, I hope you guys have fun joining me in this adventure… it should be a good time.
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