22 April 2014 @ 5:12 PM

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5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 5:10 PM

What draws you into a story? 
Usually plot twists or a really interesting character voice (not spoken voice).


What kind of characters do you enjoy?
VILLAINS! I think it’s so interesting to examine their psychology and just how they got where they are.

What draws you into a play/movie?
When the actors 200% commit but not in a fake, overdone way


What interests you most about theatre?
Again, psychology. It’s basically how I learn about humans.


If you frequently attend the theatre, what pieces have really grabbed your attention? Why?
Recently I have read a lot of plays and out of those, waiting for godot and angels in america interested me. godot is so me and I loved seeing how their speech patterns were true to life, and there’s just so much analysis you can do beyond the whole absurdism life-has-no-meaning thing. Angels in America is not a play i would have been interested in if i hadn’t been required to read it for class, seeing as it’s literally about gay sex and I am heteroromantic and asexual. but I really started to love it, especially the political stuff. And seeing the HBO series with these incredible actors totally opened my eyes. Like, the dialogue on the page is like “ew, WHAT?!” but once you see it done it makes perfect sense. It’s like Shakespeare in that way.

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 4:11 PM
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#research
5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 4:09 PM

What draws you into a story?
The plot, definitely.

What kind of characters do you enjoy?

The characters that are different, that go against everything. Ones who break the social norms around them.

What draws you into a play/movie?

Plot. If it’s something interesting, then I’ll love it.

What interests you most about theatre?

How actors can just change into someone else completely. As someone who used to act, it was so hard for me. I go to an arts school, and most of my friends are theatre majors. So it’s very interesting to see what they do.

If you frequently attend the theatre, what pieces have really grabbed your attention? Why?
I haven’t been recently. I’m very busy with my choir rehearsals, but I mainly attend ones my friends are in. I did go on a field trip with my school to see a play written by the Playwriting class and performed by the students. What grabbed me was how hard it hit me, because it was their experienced and such.

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 4:07 PM

What draws you into a story?
A good, fast paced plot.

What kind of characters do you enjoy?
I really like character roles, ones that are fun for actors to play. Like, Little Sally from Urinetown or something

What draws you into a play/movie?
I really love it when actors break the fourth wall, to break the suspense of disbelief. It’s just something new and interesting.

What interests you most about theatre?
How close the cast become. How theatre can bring people together.

If you frequently attend the theatre, what pieces have really grabbed your attention? Why?
I saw Les Mis last, and it’s not one of my favourites to be honest, but the actors were so good and the ensemble was amazing. People forget how strong ensembles need to be.

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 12:20 PM

What draws you into a story?
That the story have a meaning, That there actually be something that people can gain from the telling of the story. for example- I’m a theater major with an emphasis on directing and for my play this semester I had to do a 1 act play. I read a bunch
 but none of them caught my eye. Finally I found one that I felt had a real message that had reason to be told.

What kind of characters do you enjoy?
I enjoy characters who actually develop. I CAN NOT stand a character who stays the same throughout the story and does not grow. i need someone who changes. not eve in a big manner. they just need to come out different from the ordeal than they went in.

What draws you into a play/movie?
Once again, the story. Something that I feel can be related to, not even just by me, just in general. 

What interests you most about theatre?
The telling of a story. The way when the actors are onstage and the audience is in the house you can feel an almost palpable energy in the air. The way theater can change people. The way people come together to tell the story.

If you frequently attend the theatre, what pieces have really grabbed your attention? Why?
I haven’t been to many live shows but for the few I have- I watched TRIBES at the Mark Taper forum and it really impacted me because the story was just so raw and the storytelling was so powerful and the acting was amaazing and i just immersed myself into the world and I loved it.

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 12:13 PM

What draws you into a story?
Either Plot twists, humour, or sincerity

What kind of characters do you enjoy?
Underdogs

What draws you into a play/movie?
Either the actors in it, the originality of the story, or the joy you can see that the actors have about playing said character, or how well directed it is.

What interests you most about theatre?
The mental strength of the actors who are able to remember all their lines and stuff for however long the show it 

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 12:11 PM

What draws you into a story?
The storyline itself, I believe. Like the entire concept of where the story could go, if that makes any sense. Also I’m really a sucker for good titles. Like if I see a good and interesting title, I will most likely read the book/see the movie or whatever it is.

What kind of characters do you enjoy?
Not really a specific type, as long as they are well written and constant in their actions and words. And I mean it’s always fun if they’re not just an “ordinary” person with nothing that stands out.

What draws you into a play/movie?
Like the first question, I really enjoy plays or movies with interesting and intriguing titles that draw me in without giving too much away. Storylines that could take me anywhere are also something I really enjoy to watch! 

What interests you most about theatre?
I think the entire operation that goes on during a theatre performance is so fascinating. Like how there are so many puzzlepieces that have to fit together and it won’
t work if they don’t. It gets cooler the more I think about it actually.

If you frequently attend the theatre, what pieces have really grabbed your attention? Why?
I really like musicals because it includes even more ways of expression than normal theatre. I also like plays that are a bit modern and relatable for us teenagers. I’m not a huge fan of old school plays with a lot of words that I can barely understand… For example, there was a theatre group that came to our school a few weeks ago that performed a show with a bit of music and then mostly small sketches that were about social media and it was literally so perfect. 

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Research
I am already capable of using sources such as the internet and books to find information but am looking to extend my skills in research to using things like articles from magazines and newspapers, as well as podcasts and radio broadcasts. I can check the legitimacy of a source through research of the author.
Mid-term Review: I have definitely strengthened my researching skills. I have learned to search not only through the internet to find information but the importance of primary research and things like podcasts and interviews. Hearing a variety of opinions has helped my have a wider and more understanding knowledge and taught me just how important it is to research the subject when creating a project.  


Time Management
I have never missed a deadline but as I am quite a busy person I find it difficult to get all my work done over an even spread of time and find that I usually get things done at the last minute. I want to strengthen my skills in this by planning a timetable for work and making sure I stick to it.
Final Review: I am very happy with how far my time management skills have come. I have learnt how to deal with leaving things to the last minute and how to set small and achievable goals for myself to get the best results possible. I am pleased with how I have learnt to deal with my time and keep on track. I feel as though this is the skill I’ve had to exercise the most as it is the one I needed to improve the most and I’m very happy with how far I have come. 


Scriptwriting 
I have written scripts before for both film and theatre but I wish to really strengthen my abilities in this and learn alternative ways of setting out scripts. I will need to look at different plays and see how each writer has a style.
Final Review: I feel that I now have a solid grip on how to create and write a script. I have learned to look at others writing from the past and present, and not just professional writing, but amateur, also, so that I have a wide knowledge of the subject I am looking into. This skill has definitely come far from where I was a few months ago and I definitely have learnt to write with a more focussed view and taught myself how to approach writing the story and characters, as well as the more technical aspects like, stage directions. 


Interviewing/Questionnaires
At the current moment I have a good understanding of how to interview somebody and how to create a questionnaire in order to get what I want out of it.
Final Review: I have definitely extended my ability in this particular skill. I’ve enjoyed interviewing people through questionnaires and through speaking to them. I have learnt to ask professional playwrights questions, in order to get good responses from them to help me get a refined response. As well as this, I’ve learnt how to approach a specific target audience so that I can know more about who I am writing for and what they want to see in my creation.

5 months ago
22 April 2014 @ 11:50 AM
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#Evaluation

The Extended Project has really helped me learn about myself as a student. The process has been a new learning experience for me and has taught me the importance of independent projects and how to approach them. Beginning with just an idea and transforming it into a whole creation has been interesting and has definitely made me feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I began by choosing a subject that interested me. Something I’ve always wanted to develop my skills in is script-writing as I am used to just acting and I wanted to know what it was like to be on the other end to help develop my skills as a performer, as well as a writer. I knew it’d be a challenge from the start as I was used to writing short extracts of scripts but never had I tried to create a whole story from scratch and I definitely found it difficult, originally, to put my ideas onto the page.

Possibly one of the most challenging skills for me to get a hold of during the project is time management. I have been known to leave things to the last minute and they’re not usually presented to the best of my ability. Throughout doing the Extended Project I have learnt how to set small achievable goals for myself on a weekly basis so that I can get the best results possible. The use of a reflective journal throughout the process has also kept me on track for checking what I’m doing and tracking any small changes I’ve had to make whilst doing it. Creating a skills audit to follow along with my process definitely helped me out because it told me exactly what I needed and how I could go about getting it. It was also nice to track my progress throughout the process and see how my skills extended and developed. Once I actually began the project, I needed to find a place to put all my information. I originally began putting everything in a portfolio but I found that it wasn’t really the right way for me to present my information. I began my blog and putting everything online as it’s such a modern way to store information and I found it so easy to access everything through hyperlinking. I discovered that playwrights network through their online profiles and believed that it’d definitely be the most successful and efficient way for me to present my project, for the future as well as the present. I definitely found creating the project itself the most difficult, I enjoyed researching around my subject and looking into how a playwright thinks. I also enjoyed learning new things about a subject I thought I had a good understanding of. It was enjoyable to learn the process of script-writing and I enjoyed getting to know the characters I was creating.

Throughout the process, I definitely learned more about myself as a student. There were challenges as well as successes during the process, but I learnt how to overcome them and learned more about how I work and what I need to do in order to create successful outcomes. Putting the characters into scenarios and learning how they would interact with one another was definitely the most difficult part of the process but I found my way around this through research I had gathered. I faced many challenges throughout the process. About a month or so into the project, I changed the idea for my play because I didn’t like the idea I’d originally created and decided that it’d take far too much research for me to be able to do in a few short months and so I changed my storyline to something a little less complex. Along the way, I decided that setting myself the challenge of writing a whole play would be incredibly difficult. I wanted to create good content, that I’d be happy to present on stage so I decided to shorten the play and create five key scenes instead, so that I’d be pleased with the writing I’d created. I am definitely glad I decided on the story I did in the end, because it was something I’d actually enjoy watching and so therefore, it made the process a lot more enjoyable for me.

My research consisted of primary research, books, newspaper articles, podcasts and web research. It was definitely great to learn how to go about finding more than just internet research as it gives me a wide and in-depth knowledge around the subject. I found primary research the most valuable as I was creating something that was appealing to a specific audience. By speaking to people who know about theatre, and potential audiences for my play, I allowed myself to create something in direct interest of the people it is for. Podcasts helped me to get the opinion of people who were already in the business that I was approaching. I got the opinion of contemporary playwrights and how they went about being in the business and what they did in order to get started when they begin writing. Their advice was really helpful and it was good to hear some professional advice. The books and newspaper articles allowed me to see what was already out there. I’d see the plays that were doing well by reading reviews and the books I found also had how to market my play, as well as write it.

Overall, I am happy with the outcome of my project. I have enjoyed learning more about myself and how I work, along with gaining a new skill that will help me in years to come. I will be attending drama school in September and so doing this project, I have given myself an extra skill to go in with. Learning how a playwright thinks is going to help me during this course as it allows me to see the script as something completely separate from my performance, and it’ll allow me to appreciate what the playwright’s intentions were when writing the script. As I take Drama & Theatre Studies, it has definitely made me more aware how to approach a script when analysing them and looking into their structure and form. If I were to do this project again, I would want to be more prepared and have more of an idea of where each scene was going before I began writing because I have a tendency to just let everything out onto a page and then edit which can become a little frustrating in order to make sure everything in the play makes sense and there are no continuity issues. I would also want to manage my time a little better as I was auditioning for drama schools throughout this process and found myself slipping back on my project a little, not always able to meet the deadlines I had set for myself. I have definitely enjoyed this process and really believe the skills I’ve obtained through doing it will be relevant and helpful throughout my life, not only at drama school, but throughout my career.

5 months ago