What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proved valuable? Explain.
A specific source of information that has proven to be very valuable to me (and Albert) were all the amazing websites that showed the full screenplay of a movie, as well an dwelling deep into the plotline, synopsis and many other movie features. It has taught me many interesting facts that I didn’t realize or understand prior. A common similarity between all of the mystery/horror films was that they all start off with a sudden jolt of action clip which may vary to horror or a backstory and then change to a more soothing and relaxed emotion making the audience and viewers hooked with confusion but with hints of excitement. These screenplay examples have ensured that our movie script will have a successful hook and attention grabbers to make the audience clench their teeth.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of the project?
Knowing what I know now after dwelling in ZIP! for a while, I would inform my past self to not be so specific and try to narrow down the overall project. At the very beginning, I wanted to do something with script writing and screenplays. I started the project by soon came to realization that it would be too big of a task to attack alone. I asked around and found out that Albert was also looking into screenplays. Presently, I may need to ask at least people to volunteer to act in the trailer I’m making. This project is slowly starting to grow more and more larger although it doesn’t need to be. I’m going to attempt to compact the entire project a bit so I won’t need more resources enabling me to have a concise and successful project.
Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan. Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why? If you haven’t made any changes to your plan, why do you feel you have been so successful in sticking to it?
So far, Zip has been moving at a fairly good pace but to be completely honest, Albert and I will definitely need more time than we thought to complete our script and trailer. Looking back at my calendar, I was supposed to have started the script by now, but it’s been a struggle to write the script as Albert was in Whistler. It’s also difficult to actually start the script as the beginning is quite hard to write. The beginning has to have a hook or a strong grasp on the audience or no one will be interested. I have all my ideas down and I know the basic plot, but just applying it is very strenuous. Albert and I are going to extend our planning/writing stage and hope to start filming in the winter break. Our original plan was okay, but we didn’t give enough time for the writing stage. Scripting is very tedious but once you get into the motion, it will be a constant flow of progress.
Record a journal entry of how you used one of our in-class focus blocks. What did you accomplish during this time? What did you struggle with? What might be your next step in your next focus block? Set a goal.
During my previous class focus block, Albert and I began our idea for the project. We started on trying to find movie scripts to read off of, organising a software that we are able to use for the project, and writing down our ideas, specifications, and needs for our movie trailer. It was very important that we had a movie theme that could be mixed in with our budget, time, and our resources. For an example, we wanted to have our movie set on a plane, but that’s definitely not possible! Albert and I both agreed on our movie topic which will be set outdoors making it easier to film.
Albert also had found a very good software called Celtx, A script formatting software that is all set up and ready to go. A huge problem we ran into was finding reliable and readable scripts. Not many mystery movies had their scripts online, so it was a barrier. We ended up working on our ideas first and we hope to have at least 3 scripts by next block. As Albert begins to go more deeply into lessons, written pieces and movies, I’m going to start designing the overall look of our trailer and storyboard. By the end of our next in-class focus time, Albert hopes to have found a few scripts to start reading and I hope to have the ground level of the storyboard and trailer complete.