CAS Project - Madura
For our CAS Project, we’re developing and writing a screenplay that tells the story of maturity in the eyes of a lower class Peruvian woman, Angie, and chronics three stages of her life; childhood, teenagehood, and adulthood. The overall arc that this story will follow is how a girl who has always been told that she needs to mature, is thrown into an eventful journey of self-discovery. This project will be dealing with creativity and service due that we will be using original ideas to develop a story that raises awareness for a cause that we believe in, maternity. To get our information, we will be researching online and using primary sources like the girls from ‘Girl Rising.’ The learning outcomes that we will pursue are 1,5,6 and 7. We will be using the first learning outcome due that we are going to write various drafts of the screenplay where we can improve on our mistakes and know what we’re good at. We will be using the fifth learning outcome due that to write the screenplay we have to collaborate and contribute on making the screenplay better; if we want to make this a good project and work well together, we would be able to recognize the benefits of working as a group. We will also be using the sixth learning outcome due that we believe in the importance of the issues that we will be dealing with (maturity, poverty, sexism). Therefore we will be passionate about having these be well represented. Finally, we will be demonstrating the seventh learning outcome when we have to be cautious about how we explore ethics; we don’t want to trigger anyone or have something poorly represented therefore when dealing with such a controversial subject, we will have to take into consideration of our actions and choices.
To be able to accomplish this project, we had to divide three months into two parts; the first month (August) was going to be dedicated to writing an outline of the screenplay (the outline is linked below), then, the next two months (September and October) were going to be used to write the actual screenplay. To be able to organize ourselves, Camila and I appointed a meeting once a week to discuss all things CAS Project related. After each session, we were to divide ourselves and work on select parts of the story or screenplay. An example of this was when we first started writing the screenplay; we split the outline into the first six scenes, then, those six scenes were put in groups of three, I’d work on the opening and Camila would work on the closing three scenes. Then, during the week, I’d check Camila’s work, and she’d check mine. This was done throughout the screenwriting process.
Also, an essential part of the planning stage and our meetings was that we wanted to make sure that the message we put out on the outline was carried throughout the screenplay. We got to manage this by making sure that we stayed as close to the outline as possible, if we felt that something had to change, we’d have to consult the other one.
Another important aspect in my planning stage was assigning time to write while learning the craft. Writing a screenplay sounds like an easy task, but let me tell you that it’s one of the hardest things I’ve done. To learn to do so, I had to read a total of five books: “Save the Cat!”, “Save the Cat: Strikes Back!”, “ The Director’s Six Senses”, “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting”, and a book about the styles of theatrical writing called “The Empty Stage” (“The Empty Stage” is a book Camila, and I had to read for our theatre class, yet we used it to decide on the conventions that we wanted to write upon). After reading excerpts of these books during the writing section, I had to go over and re-write some parts that went against the conventions proposed. This was something that I should’ve planned, reading the books beforehand.
After finishing the writing process, I realized that screenwriting is something that I enjoy and is one more reason why I’m choosing to study film at university. This experience has also taught me the importance of a screenplay in the production of a movie, and by reading all of those books I’ve learned a lot about what makes a movie good. I do think that I could’ve planned some things better to be able to accomplish it in a much more successful matter. The first thing I’d do differently is that I would’ve scheduled a month of rewriting; where my partner and I sat down, read the screenplay, and change everything we find unfitting. Something else that I’d do differently is the documentation of the process. Due that my partner and I were mostly doing this project for the thrill of it, and not an actual school work (although we took it seriously we had way too much fun doing it, even working on it on our free time), we didn’t document as much as we should’ve. But, this project has also taught me a lot about my persona and who I want to be when I grow up. I’ve realized that I have a passion for storytelling and I want to further expand on it in university. I’ve also recognized that I want to start writing more, in Spanish and English. I enjoy writing in Spanish due that it helps me improve on my vocabulary, and would like to try something similar in English due that it’s where the industry is (an English speaking country).
Thinking back, my CAS Project fits into a lot of the learning outcomes designed by the IB. During my CAS Project, I had a huge realization moment where I began identifying which type of scenes I was better at writing, this made my partner and I divide the scenes depending on how we were feeling. If we wanted to feel challenged, we would work on the scenes that we weren’t as good writing; if we had little time, we’d work on the scenes that we were better at (1 and 2). Next, this CAS experience also helped me learn how to organize my time successfully. Due to the limited time I had (3 months) to write a screenplay, I had to arrange my time and be committed purposefully and, persevere in trying to accomplish everything. I had to find a time and find a way to be motivated during that time; if not, my CAS project was doomed to fail (3 and 4). Then, I had to further develop my collaborative skills, due that this time not only did I have to work with a close friend (that is good although can sometimes lead to fights), I also had to work on something creative, and when to people have entirely different artistic views on something, it is hard to change the other person mind (5). Finally, due to the story we chose to tell, we were working with a global issue (abuse, child pregnancy, etc.) that was very delicate, therefore, if we wanted the project to come out in a respectful matter, we had to consider all of the ethical aspects in it; this included, eliminate scenes that could be regarded as unethical, or adapting scenes to a less graphic display (6 and 7).
Therefore, I can conclude that I completed my CAS Project by undertaking a creative task that pushed me to improve in skills that I’m passionate about and also help me realize my passion for storytelling and how it’s something I want to study in a more prominent degree at university.