Title

The Bookshop Quartet: An Original Screenplay

Presenter Information

Caleb Allison

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Room 135

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

ambition, catharsis, comedy-drama

Abstract

My script explores the lives of four eccentric, elderly men who co-own a hole-in-the-wall Tacoma bookstore. Their lives are altered when a young woman begins working for them, forcing a cathartic examination of demons long buried, inspiring hope in the future, and forging a unique bond between the five characters. I first began developing this story three years ago in community college, but it wasn’t until I went through Screenwriting Fundamentals with Melissa Johnson that I received the instruction and direction necessary to make my visions a reality. In this presentation I will explore the processes of theme and character development, the evolution of the script as I met with my mentor (Ms. Johnson), and the obstacles I have faced throughout the creation journey as well as how I have overcome them. I will pitch the script informally as a whole, additionally presenting a scene out of the first act with a cast of volunteer actors. (Editor’s Note: This presentation may contain adult themes, content, or imagery.)

Faculty Mentor(s)

Johnson, Melissa

Additional Mentoring Department

Film and Video Studies

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May 15th, 4:50 PM May 15th, 5:10 PM

The Bookshop Quartet: An Original Screenplay

SURC Room 135

My script explores the lives of four eccentric, elderly men who co-own a hole-in-the-wall Tacoma bookstore. Their lives are altered when a young woman begins working for them, forcing a cathartic examination of demons long buried, inspiring hope in the future, and forging a unique bond between the five characters. I first began developing this story three years ago in community college, but it wasn’t until I went through Screenwriting Fundamentals with Melissa Johnson that I received the instruction and direction necessary to make my visions a reality. In this presentation I will explore the processes of theme and character development, the evolution of the script as I met with my mentor (Ms. Johnson), and the obstacles I have faced throughout the creation journey as well as how I have overcome them. I will pitch the script informally as a whole, additionally presenting a scene out of the first act with a cast of volunteer actors. (Editor’s Note: This presentation may contain adult themes, content, or imagery.)