6 Months in Film School and Counting

I started the Writing for Film & TV program at the Vancouver Film School in August and am now halfway done the program, which is super bittersweet. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few valuable things I’ve learned — both inside and outside the classroom — during this past half year.

  • Screenwriters are a wild and crazy species (and a lot of them give great hugs).
  • If I can hike up a mountain, I can take the stairs up to the fourth floor.
  • Eyeliner isn’t as important as I once thought.
  • Script formatting can be a real pain in the ass.
  • Mixing pumpkin spice whisky into a pumpkin spice latte really isn’t that great of an idea.
  • Apparently I’m so obsessed with Starbucks that I earned the nickname “Pumpkin Spice”.
  • I know how to curse in Spanish and Portuguese. I’ll probably be multilingual by the end of the year.
  • I don’t want to go to Costa Rica.
  • Or Guatemala.
  • Pitching isn’t as scary as it used to be.
  • But Costa Rica and Guatemala sound scary.
  • It’s entirely possible to write a feature length screenplay in less than a month.
  • It’s also entirely possible to have, like, a million emotional breakdowns in less than a month.
  • It is perfectly normal for a sleep-deprived screenwriter to comment on how they would rather die than finish their current project.
  • The production side of things is far more complex than I thought.
  • Contrary to popular belief, writers definitely know how to party wildly.
  • I learned how to not have a healthy sleep schedule.
  • Getting to write a spec episode of one of your favourite TV shows is fun. And stressful. Stressfully fun. Funly stressful. Clearly I know how to word. #educated
  • Oh yeah, I guess I learned a lot of different things about how to actually write a script. Plot, character, structure, dialogue, and all that jazz.
  • I just really really love writing.