Title

The Year of the Tortoise: Original Screenplay

Presenter Information

Caleb Allison

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 135

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Coming-of-age, Self-discovery, Relationships

Abstract

The Year of the Tortoise is my most recent feature-length script, a coming-of-age comedy-drama following an angst-ridden high school student. The character embarks on a turbulent quest of self-discovery in pursuit of long-sought recognition from his peers and the heart of the one girl who, he believes, makes his life worth living. This story is the amalgamation of a decade of my own personal experiences and relationships, unified by themes of personal identity, living in the moment, and finding peace in a culture obsessed with self-promotion and personal fulfillment. I will present my work as a film pitch, exploring themes, tone, settings, characters, conflict, and narrative structure, including my inspiration for the piece and culminating with a performance of one scene in the script. Professor Melissa Johnson served as my mentor on this project, as she did for my presentation at SOURCE last year. I am indebted to her for her guidance and support, without which I would not be presenting such a complete and realized piece of my own artistic and philosophical vision this year.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Melissa Johnson

Department/Program

Film and Video Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Film and Video Studies

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The Year of the Tortoise: Original Screenplay

SURC 135

The Year of the Tortoise is my most recent feature-length script, a coming-of-age comedy-drama following an angst-ridden high school student. The character embarks on a turbulent quest of self-discovery in pursuit of long-sought recognition from his peers and the heart of the one girl who, he believes, makes his life worth living. This story is the amalgamation of a decade of my own personal experiences and relationships, unified by themes of personal identity, living in the moment, and finding peace in a culture obsessed with self-promotion and personal fulfillment. I will present my work as a film pitch, exploring themes, tone, settings, characters, conflict, and narrative structure, including my inspiration for the piece and culminating with a performance of one scene in the script. Professor Melissa Johnson served as my mentor on this project, as she did for my presentation at SOURCE last year. I am indebted to her for her guidance and support, without which I would not be presenting such a complete and realized piece of my own artistic and philosophical vision this year.