“It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.” – Nora Ephron
The act of screenwriting is one of importance. The words you write on the page reflects how we feel as audience. It decides whether we laugh, cry, feel empathy, or dislike. It is the basis on which we form an opinion of a character or situation.
I have recently been given the chance to try a bit of screenwriting for one of my University projects. It wasn’t until I sat down at my desk and stared at the blank white page that a thousand different questions fired in front of me. What do I want to tell? How do I want people to feel? Do I want people to hate this character, or is he just misunderstood?
That’s when I really saw just how much pressure there is on a screenwriter. Not only do they write the words that actors perform, but they also have to write HOW those words will be performed, how they will be absorbed and how they may affect the audience for the rest of their lives.
Will screenwriting become a new part of my life? I sure hope so. Lets just see where the words take me.