Tallerico, Brian T.
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Anyone who knows my two loves, film and literature, can easily understand why I would turn to screenwriting as a creative output. Having written criticism for The Index for the last several years I decided to answer the challenge given to every critic, "You try!" I had dipped my foot in the deep end of playwriting in the past but never had I completed a screenplay. I have numerous "ideas" and "concepts" for movies lingering in notebooks but none of them had ever been brought to fruition. With the SIP, I knew it was time to venture into the field of which I hope to one day be an active part. I began with a genre, or type of film. I knew I wanted this project to be a more personal endeavor then an action movie or a thriller. So I started by deciding to write about people I knew. I began by simply copying down notes or things people said into my journal. The conversation about artistic inspiration betwen Bill and Jason in scene 12 comes almost verbatim from a conversation I participated in with Mat Calvert and Sam O'Conner-Divelbiss. From these notes, which ranged from one word ideas to whole scenes, I constructed a lead character, Bill Thomson.