Film – Week 8 – Screenwriting

Hanna Screenwriter and Writing Grad Seth Lochhead Visits VFS
“Hanna Screenwriter and Writing Grad Seth Lochhead Visits VFS” by vancouverfilmschool is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Ali film script” by Zadi Diaz is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“You can’t fix a bad script after you start shooting. The problems on the page only get bigger as they move to the big screen.” – Howard Hawks


This week I enjoyed learning more about film production and some film theory. It was also interesting because we are doing pretty much the exact same thing in English with the structure of stories.



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I enjoyed the sneak on the lot activity, especially learning about some history of film and the different roles in production.


Causes of tension: Schoolwork, sports, geo-politics, future plans


  • Someone discovering something about themselves or the world
  • A family coming to terms with their dysfunctionality
  • Someone making a hard decision
  • An awkward job interview
  • A psychopath internally narrating their day


I did like this video, but I have some contentions with the film theory. While the bulk of mainstream stories have a similar structure, there are many out of the ordinary and even ones that are alike can be so different at the same time.


Today I finished up some homework for the week and also solved the problem of how to fix the sink in my kitchen (the issue was with the faucet)

Film – Week 7 – Tools, Time, and Rooms

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This week was kind of hard but also fun. I enjoyed the Sneak On The Lot activity and also finding video editing software. Overall, I learned some new things but not easily.


This was the playlist that I picked because iMovie is free on my pac and I have previous experience with it. This playlist provides good tutorials on how I can do more with it and make better films.


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I enjoyed the sneak on the lot activity. I learned more about film making and am excited to use the site again in the future.


On my walk I thought about what the story of my life is really like. I think as of now I’m still in the rising action and the climax will happen much later. I would also say that most of the conflict I experience is internal so if my life was a movie I’d either have to narrate my thoughts or talk to myself.

Film – Week 6 – Developing Quality Workflow

What is Workflow?

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Work•flow /ˈwərkflō/

“The sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.” –

What is a quality workflow?  How do we develop it?  Below are elements of the production cycle that most creative people move through as they create something.  First, we must identify the stages of project production. What is each stage and what are the quality checks for each stage.  Read on and find out!

Stages of Creation Development


How do we find ideas to develop?

  • Tools: Social media, peers/co-workers
  • Process: Brainstorming, drafting, re-working
  • We measure the quality of our inspiration by how much it motivates us
  • We measure our own quality of inspiration


How do we clarify our specific goal(s) for a project?

  • Tools: Peers/collaboration
  • Process: Reflecting on the beginning of the project, writing down original ideas
  • Quality of intention is measured through the theme of the story, by the audience


How can we brainwrite, brainstorm, storyboard, and plan our ideas at this phase?

  • Tools: Online organization, pen and paper
  • Process: Brainstorming, drafting, re-working
  • Quality of pre-production is measured through the overall success of the project, by the producers and audience


How do we communicate with each other and execute our plan for this phase? This is where we actually make the project.

  • Tools: Cameras & Mics etc…, group messaging, scheduling, writing plans
  • Process: Shooting individual scenes, review, put things together
  • Quality of production is measured through how well the audience perceives the movie to be made, reviews of actors, and other things like that, by the audience


How do we communicate with each other and execute our final stages of the project for this phase? This is where we publish the project.

  • Tools: Editing software, peer review
  • Process: Getting rid of bad scenes, adjusting looks, putting work together
  • Quality of post-production is measured through how well the movie is edited, by the audience and producers


How do we share our project with our learning community, advisory members, and the world?

  • Tools: Publish to Youtube, online streaming services, post on social media
  • Process: Good advertising, has a release date
  • Quality of Performance is measured through overall success of movie by the audience and critics


How do we conduct a feedback session at the end of the project development cycle?

  • Tools: Social media, cast surveys
  • Process: Ask what improvements can be made and take note
  • Quality of feedback is measured through how much the next project is improved and also by the crew/cast

Film – Week 5 – Recipe For Success: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Born October 13, 1989, in NYC, New York

Personal Success Definition

I define a successful person as someone who is able to achieve their goals in a way that improves their lives and above all the lives of those around them.

AOC had strived to go into politics for her whole life and won a difficult race in 2018. Since then she has been a political icon and fought to better the lives of people in her district and around the country.

Skills for Success

Bill Gates is a 1) computer programmer, 2) smart businessman and 3) poker player.  Bill was interested in computers from an early age and learned to write small computer programs.  He was also very smart, “Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT[18] and subsequently enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973.[19] Prior to the mid-1990s, an SAT score of 1590 corresponded roughly to an IQ of 170. . . ” – Wikipedia.  Bill quit Harvard to start a computer programming company that wrote programs for one of the first hobbyist computers, the MITS Altair 8800. He was also an avid poker player.

AOC is an 1) passionate public servant, 2) talented debater, and 3) strategic politician. AOC had wanted to improve the lives of people in her community for her whole life and didi what she could even before she was a politician to serve. AOC is also known as a skilled debater, she is assertive with her opponents and knows how to convey her points. Lastly, AOC is strategic with how she funs her races and conducts herself in the public eye.

How They Used These Skills

AOC being an average citizen along with passionate public servant made her more appealing to her constituents in the sense that they were being represented by someone who could relate to them. Her debate skills also served her well during her congressional race and on the floor. AOC’s intelligence helped her during her race as well as she knew how to appeal to her voters.

Challenges Overcome

Arguably, the biggest challenges that AOC had (and still has) to overcome are simply the norms in American politics. The typical congressperson is an old, rich, conservative, white man. AOC is none of those things, and she beat out a 10 year incumbent who was all of those things. She and other congresspeople are in a constant battle to deviate from the norms and push forward.

Significant Work

AOC has popularized the idea of a Green New Deal, which is notable in the sense that this is a very new and “out there” idea that most congressmen would’ve seen as outlandish or unrealistic. But, AOC understood the importance of the policy and was able to propose it in an easily digestible way for the house and electorate.

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AOC pushes for progressive climate action policy.