My First 100 in a Class!!!

cropped-cropped-174381_8833067_6311046_n.jpgFor those of you who don’t know, I’m in graduate school. I’m pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. I finished my second class, Art of Visual Storytelling, with a 100! Now, I know most of you will say it’s a writing class, scoring a 100 should be easy. The class is more than writing, its about formatting, developing themes, using props, etc. This is my first 100 in a course since Basic Skills Math in 9th grade (and I’m not sure if that was a 100, to be honest.) I scored A+ grades in high school, college, community college, but this is my first time in many years where I earned a perfect score. Pretty exciting especially since I earned 95 in my first graduate course, Mastery.

I know I shouldn’t be sharing, but I felt like I should because I didn’t think I could do graduate school. So, for me, this is a huge accomplishment.

The Art of Visual Storytelling: Week 3

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January 20-26, 2020

  1. Panel: Writing Comics: Finally, a format that I’m used too. We had to write a 3-5 page script formatted by comic book standards. I used one of my novel ideas, Blood Matters.
  2. Insert: Toys & Children’s Media: We discu
  3. CHYRON: Illustrating Time
  4. Dialogue
  5. Myths and Fairy Tales
  6. Muppetology

The Art of Visual Storytelling: Week 2

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Inspirational Post: This can be sued for any profession, but I like it because often I want to give up.

January 13 – 19, 2020

Another fun week of writing. I did well in all the assignments. I scored a 90 on the Interior assignment. I scored a 100 on everything else, so I finished with an average of 96. My class G.P.A is 98.

  1. Exterior Locations: 
    1. We discussed how it’s better to show, rather than tell by watching a Pixar short, PIPER. We had to explain how the location affected the main character.
  2. Int.
    1. Using our characters from last week’s persona assignment, we scripted a scene using only interior slugline.
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  3. Cliches Vs Tropes
    1. We discussed cliches and tropes. I scored low on the quiz because I didn’t realize how many cliches there is.
  4. Children’s Books
    1. We learned that scripting can go hand in hand with writing children’s books. This is another area of interest for me.
  5. Kids’ Shows
    1. Our lecture this week was on children’s television shows. We went over Sesame Street and how as a writer you have to hide the educational piece and violence in kids shows.
    2. Terrio_Jenkins_Week 2_Kids Shows_Muppet Description
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  6. Games
    1. We listened to a clip on how video games make more money than film/animation/television. Writers are turning to games as another source of income and freedom.
  7. Second Chapter: A Stranger (Flash Fiction)
    1. Prose: FlashFictionChapter2_TheConception
    2. Audio: 

Art of Visual Storytelling: Week One

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inspirational Post: Writers, we can make others feel a certain way. As humans, we need to remember that our actions affect feelings.

January 6 to January 12: This was a fun week. I learned about scripting and wrote my first formatted screenplay scene. We discuss elements such as voice, shots, and introductions.  I scored a 100 on each assignment, bear in mind that each assignment was only a rough draft.

1.Over Black (Sound assignment)

OVER BLACK.

A slow CLAP repeats followed by excited GASPS. Water SPLASHES and loud CLAPPING drowns the slow clap and gasps.  Piano PLAYS upbeat song as FOOTSTEPS on OLD WOOD. Focus on SLOW CLAP, then a heavy SIGH.

2. Flash Fiction (Voice assignment)

3. Radio (Formatted Dialogue)

4. Punctum & Stadium (Shots)

  1. The SHOT element is no longer used in “spec scripts” (the only kinds of scripts we’re learning how to write.) Do not put specific SHOTs into your screenplays.
  2. stadium (the general idea of a picture
  3. punctum (which is a single element that punctures the frame and draws the eye. It’s often said the punctum is what turns a snapshot into a photograph.)
  4. Not every photograph has a punctum. Sometimes it appears by accident, sometimes by design, but if one turns up in your own album, it’ll be more special to you than the others.

5. Persona (Character Description)

6. Character (Script Introductions)