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Week 4 – Script Writing

What did we do? 

This week we started with a class exercise. We were given pieces of blank paper and told to write down a character. Their name and a profession, their age or a personality trait of theirs. We then folded them and put them in a hat. We randomly pulled out new pieces of paper with characters on them. This process continued with writing down a name, then on another piece a location and then finally an object.

For my chosen pieces, I got:

Phil Striker- Construction worker, addicted to caffeine.

The Joker

Prison

A gun.

 

From this, we were told to write a theatre piece and here are a few of the ideas I came up with:

  • Phil is working on rebuilding a certain part of the prison. The Joker has manipulated him into smuggling a gun into the prison.
  • Phil and the Joker are cellmates and they steal a gun from a prison officer.
  • Phil visits the joker in prison as he killed Phil’s daughter.

I eventually chose my first idea and here is my script so far:

 

ACT I

Large visiting room in prison. Guards are placed at every entrance. In the middle of the room is a table and two chairs, Phil is sat on one.

 

Joker enters and sits down, grinning at the man.

 

JOKER: Phil! My old buddy, how are you? (Joker stands to go and hug him but is immediately reprimanded by guard causing him to sit once again.)

 

Phil stays in his seat, eyeing the Joker nervously.

 

JOKER: Tough room, huh? (Sighs) I’m happy to see you. I knew you’d come.

 

PHIL: (Stutters) I did as you asked. I have what you want.

 

JOKER: Now now Philip! Slow down! (Grins) We have a lot to catch up on, let’s not get down to business just yet. Or I’ll start to think you don’t enjoy my company. Now, is it a magnum? Revolver?

 

Phil begins sweating, eyeing the stoic guard.

 

PHIL: It’s a 19 millimetre semi-automatic pistol.

 

JOKER: Ooh! (Claps hands) Brilliant. Now, do you wanna hear a secret?

 

PHIL gulps before shaking his head.

 

PHIL: I wanna leave.

 

JOKER: (Fake pouts) You’ve hurt my feelings, Phil. Now, I forgive you but I’ll ask you again. Do you wanna hear a secret?

 

JOKER leans forward in his chair.

 

JOKER: You know that wife of yours? Beautiful Sarah that I promised I wouldn’t touch if you got me a gun?

 

PHIL nods slowly, looking terrified. JOKER leans forward even more.

 

JOKER: She’ll be dead by the time you get home.

 

PHIL jumps up.

 

PHIL (shouting): No! You promised you wouldn’t hurt her!

 

Guards start walking over. JOKER grins.

 

JOKER: She’ll look beautiful in her coffin, well, that’s if you find all of her body. (Laughs)

 

PHIL screams and guards restrain both men, dragging them out of different exits.

 

JOKER: This is my game, Phil but thanks for playing.

 

Scene ends as audience are shown the shape of a gun under JOKER’s clothes.

 

 

ACT II

Flashback

Prison cell. JOKER is on the inside whilst PHIL is on the outside.

 

JOKER whistling. PHIL is working on reconstructing the roof further down the hall.

 

JOKER: A naked blonde walks into a bar, carrying a poodle under one arm and a 6 foot salami under the other. The Bartender says, ‘So, I don’t suppose you’d be needing a drink?’ The blonde says-

 

PRISON GUARD: Shut up!

 

 

JOKER raised his hands in mock innocence. PRISON GUARD rolls his eyes.

 

PRISON GUARD: Arrogant prick.

 

JOKER: It ain’t arrogance if you can back it up. (Smirks)

 

PRISON GUARD goes to respond but gets a call on his walkie talkie.

 

PRISON GUARD: Ok, copy that, I’m on my way. (Turns to PHIL) I’ll be back in a second. If he gives you any trouble, just ignore him.

 

PRISON GUARD leaves.

 

JOKER: Do you want to hear the rest of my joke?

 

PHIL ignores him.

 

JOKER: Is that a yes? Or a no, Phil?

PHIL freezes.

 

PHIL: How do you know my name?

 

JOKER: (chuckles) Sarah told me. Such a sweet lady.

 

PHIL: Wha- How do you know my wife?

 

JOKER: Well, she doesn’t know me but I sure know her. (Grins) How’s she doing, anyway? You both must be deeply saddened by your loss.

 

PHIL: What the hell are you talking about?

 

JOKER: (Pauses.) Oh no, don’t tell me she hasn’t told you? (Throws arms up) Well damn, I’ve let the cat out the bag!

 

PHIL: What are you talking about?

 

JOKER: Sarah, sweet lovely Sarah had a miscarriage.

 

After this, we discussed our characters inner and outer conflicts. We also discussed how the days writing would impact our writing in the future. Through writing this piece, I have learnt a lot about theatre writing and I was able to look up some examples of theatre scripts to see if mine were similar. I looked up the script of one of my favourite musicals ‘Mamma Mia.’

 

ACT I

 

SCENE 1

 

BEACH BANK

 

 

(Sophie is onstage by herself. She hears her friends calling to her, the first to arrive for her wedding.)

 

 

ALI: (offstage) Sophie!

 

LISA: (offstage) Sophie!

 

 

(ALI and LISA climb over the wall.)

 

 

ALI: Sophie! Ahhh!

 

LISA: Hi!

 

SOPHIE: Ali, Lisa. Where have you been? I thought you’d get here hours ago.

 

 

From this script, I picked up little techniques that would make my script look more professional, such as using capital letters for the characters names and making actions centre aligned whereas dialogue would be left aligned. I will go into more detail with what I learnt later.

 

 

 

For our next task, we worked on subtext. Subtext is the underlying meaning behind dialogue.  We were given the task of writing a script featuring two characters that were both speaking with subtext. Both were saying something but meaning something else.

For my piece, I chose to write about two Christian girls who are discussing gay marriage, however, they are both secretly in love with each other. Except only one of the girls is willing to admit she has fallen in love with a girl.

 

 

ACT 1:

Two girls sitting at a picnic table.

 

NINA: Did you hear about what’s happened in America this morning?

 

CHLOE: Oh god, what’s happened now? (groans)

 

NINA: Well, they’ve legalised gay marriage.

 

CHLOE freezes and stares at NINA. CHLOE grasps the cross around her neck.

 

CHLOE: Oh.

 

NINA: Yeah. To be honest, I don’t think it’s such a bad thing.

 

CHLOE: Me neither but our parents are gonna lose it.

 

NINA looks down at her own cross necklace.

 

NINA: Probably. But what’s so wrong with a man loving a man or a woman loving a woman?

 

CHLOE looks away, missing NINA’s nervous gaze.

 

CHLOE: We’ve both been raised to believe it’s wrong and that it’s a sin. What’s changed in your mind?

 

NINA: (Sighs) I realised that maybe, I had fallen in love with a girl.

 

CHLOE’s eyes widen.

——————

This is a piece of writing I intend on working on more as I feel that it’s an interesting concept that could be explored in multiple different ways. I chose to write this plot as I felt that stories often focused on straight couples, especially in the Young Adult genre as most feature a love triangle featuring two guys and a girl or two girls and a guy. I wanted to turn the tables on this trope as I don’t see a lot of gay representation in certain forms of media, aka YA books.

 

 

Our next task was to write a film script. The only ‘theme’ we were given was ‘The writing is on the wall.’

For this task, I came up with several ideas which included:

  • Person goes missing, police find kids drawings in basement.
  • Person is murdered, leaves clues written on walls
  • Serial killer taunts police by writing clues on walls
  • Messages are found under wallpaper
  • Anonymous student is writing other students secrets on notice boards

 

I finally settled on my first idea and here’s what I wrote.

IDEA:

Old man with no children who lives alone disappears. When the police investigate, they find children’s drawings on the walls and messages written on the walls in the basement.

OLD MAN- Peter Jenkins

POLICE OFFICER- Trisha Yates

POLICE OFFICER 2- Alan Humphries

 

 

ACT I

Run down cul-de-sac with only a few houses. Afternoon. Two police officers are standing outside a small, rundown house.

 

TRISHA: This is the house?

ALAN nods, looking up at the house.

 

ALAN: Yeah. His name is Peter Jenkins, 84 year-old white male hasn’t been seen in 5 days. His neighbour Cathy Hargreaves reported him missing after noticing his cat hadn’t been fed. She went over to see if he was home and said his post was piled up and there was no answer. She checked back every day for 4 days before reporting it.

 

TRISHA: So his kids didn’t notice?

 

ALAN: He doesn’t have any. Lived here alone since 1989.

 

TRISHA: Strange.

 

TRISHA and ALLEN walk up to the front door and TRISHA knocks.

 

ALAN: (Snorts) If he’s missing, he isn’t going to answer is he?

 

TRISHA rolls her eyes.

 

TRISHA: Mr Jenkins? Open up, it’s the police.

 

Silence.

 

TRISHA: Would you like to do the honours?

 

ALAN: Pleasure.

 

ALAN breaks the door down and they step inside.

 

TRISHA: Mr Jenkins?

 

Silence again.

 

ALAN: You take the kitchen, I’ll take the living room.

 

The two split up and search. The kitchen is an off yellow colour with scuffed counters and dusty curtains. A box of cereal is laying on the counter, half open. The living room consists of a faded beige carpet with tan walls. A patterned grey sofa is situated in front of an oak coffee table. On top of the fireplace is a TV that’s showing Channel 7 news. The two finish checking the ground front before finding a door that leads to the basement.

 

TRISHA and ALAN look at each other.

 

ALAN: Ladies first?

 

TRISHA rolls her eyes once again.

 

TRISHA: My hero.

ALAN bows.

 

ALAN: At your service.

 

TRISHA goes down the stairs, followed by ALAN and flicks on the light switch. They are met with shelves of food and stacks of clothing in the dimly lit basement. TRISHA picks up a piece and holds it up.

 

TRISHA: (Frowning) This is kids clothing.

 

ALAN takes out a torch and flashes it on the lilac dress TRISHA is holding.

 

ALAN: But he never…

 

TRISHA: Had any kids. I know. But then why does he have kids clothes?

 

TRISHA begins looking through the other piles of clothes and discovers they are all of a similar size, with either dinosaurs, footballs or animals on the front.

 

ALAN shines his torch around the room and stops when he finds another door.

 

ALAN: Trish, look.

 

TRISHA looks over and sees the door. The two share a look and move towards it. The door is padlocked with several other sliding bolts. ALAN pulls at the lock with no luck.

 

ALAN: There has to be a key around here somewhere.

 

The two begin searching.

 

ALAN: What do you think is in there?

 

TRISHA: To be honest, after all the cases I’ve worked, I really hope it isn’t what I think it is.

 

ALAN: Maybe it’s like a homemade safe?

 

TRISHA: Maybe.

 

 

The two continue searching until they find the key hidden between a yellow ‘for ages 5-6’ sundress and a pair of ‘for ages 7-8’ paw print pyjamas. The two are both becoming more uncomfortable and apprehensive.

 

They walk to the door and unlock it. ALAN shines his torch around the room. They are immediately met with the stench of mould. On the stone floor was a mattress, decorated with stains of varying colours. Near the end of the bed was a small, metal toilet and a cracked sink. On the adjacent wall however was drawings. Countless colourful pages stuck onto the wall. Stick figures drawn in crayon littered the pages. One, however, caught ALAN’s eye.

 

ALAN gestures at a drawing near the bottom of the wall and TRISH looks. The drawing was titled ‘The day I left mummy and daddy.’ The picture contained the image of a stick man grabbing a small girl and pulling her into a black van. In the bottom left corner, the name Emily was written in messy handwriting.

 

TRISHA: (Shaky voice) Alan, do you remember Emily Hart? She was abducted by a man in a black van in 1999.

 

ALAN: Oh dear god.

 

Then the puzzle began to fit. They saw that every drawing had a name at the bottom. Each correlating with a child that had gone missing in the past 40 years. Emily Hart was 7 when she was taken. Then there was Marko Derill who was only 5 when he was taken in 1992. Before that, there was Sadie Lewis and before her, there was Lizzy Barnes. The list went back decades.

All of their names were here.

But where were they?

And where the hell was Mr Jenkins?

 

What did we learn?

Through these tasks, we learnt about the script writing format, both for theatre and film. We also learnt about subtext which is the underlying meaning behind words. Another thing we learnt about was conflicts, internal and external. Internal conflicts are conflicts that a character struggles with within themselves, such as struggling to make a decision whereas an external conflict is a conflict between two or more characters or between a character and their environment etc.

We also learnt that films are visually driven whereas theatre shows and radio shows are dialogue driven. Most theatre shows have social, emotional or political messages behind them as well. We learnt a lot about what was behind the scripts.

I found writing scripts to be really interesting as it was a form of writing I hadn’t explored before. I really like the idea of the writing in this format as it allows the reader to have some freedom when imagining the characters and the setting.

 

 

 

Why did we do it?

The purpose of these tasks was to learn more about script writing. We learnt about both theatre script writing and film writing for multiple reasons. One being that when we come to our FMP’s, we can choose to write a script as our format. Another reason being that we now know how to write scripts which will be extremely useful when we are trying to pursue careers in this field. Ability to write scripts of different formats will help our CV’s when applying for jobs in writing.

 

How do you feel about it?

I found these tasks to be really thought-provoking and practical for our FMP’s and future careers. I loved being given an outline (The writing on the wall, choosing random characters etc) and then being able to let my imagination run. I feel that as I discovered different forms of writing, it has opened up a new world of writing possibilities for me and I will definitely be doing more script writing in the future as I found it to be something I really enjoyed.

 

How will it impact my writing?

The lessons of this week will impact my writing as I now know a new writing format and style. I think that I will now be able to explore a new side of writing through this format as well as being able to discover different plots for stories that may not work in other formats. I feel that it will also help me when writing dialogue in anyway as I will remember to focus on what the characters are actually saying and what they mean aka subtext.

 

What do I need to develop?

I think that I still need to work on scriptwriting to become better at it and I plan on working on it more in the future. I also want to work on subtext more as I think it is a really crucial aspect of all writing, not just script writing. I plan on working on both of these as the year continues and as we begin other projects.

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Trimester 3 – Week 8

This week, I began designing my work on InDesign.

As I began working on the designing process, I decided to keep the colour palette to a minimal and fairly monochrome as I didn’t want to include bold colours for several reasons.

The first being, I wanted my book to have a similar layout and aesthetic look to other crime novels.

The other reason being, I didn’t want to draw attention away from the dark topic. I felt that it would be inappropriate to have a crime piece have a bright, colourful layout.

I also designed the front cover with this mindset in place.

When I started, I decided to gather inspiration from other novels, including those in the crime genre. I took covers I liked and put them all together to see what I could come up with.

Front cover inspiration

From these covers, I learnt that books with a darker theme had a different colour palette to those that were more ‘coming of ages’ stories. Crime novels mostly had impactful covers that grabbed your attention, they usually used darker colours such as blacks, maroons, navy’s and purples. Most crime novel covers also had a subtle yet hidden message on the cover that the audience would understand after reading the novel. I wanted to incorporate this into my own cover.

The overall tone of the crime novels was a lot darker and fit the topic they were writing about. The covers were also more intricate than the other genres I researched. Front covers are the audiences first impression so you want to put across the feeling and tone that you are writing about. I took all of these thoughts on board.

From that, I began to design.

After talking with two of my tutors, the idea of a flashlight being shone on a crown was created. I loved this idea as it could be interpreted in so many different ways. To me, the first thing that came to mind was the idea that the limelight was always on JonBenet’s crown and pageant achievements, rather than her school work or other achievements a child would be praised for. She was seen as a pageant queen, more than a child.

The cover could also be seen as a spotlight shining on a queen and then after reading the story, they could go back to the cover and see that it is actually a flashlight, the flashlight that plays a big part in the case.

I really love this idea as I feel it stays true to the crime genre whilst also not disrespecting or exploiting the situation.

finished jonbenet cover.jpg

Trimester 3 – Week 7

This week was self-directed study week. As I booked the week off work, I made the most of this time and finished my story.

FMP Scenes (1)

Although I found it tough to write about this subject, I feel that I wrote respectfully and to a high standard.

I am very happy with the way my story turned out and I learnt a lot, both as a writer and as a teenager.

For this piece, I took a lot of inspiration from books such as Devils Knot- The true story of the West Memphis Three By Mara Leveritt, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt.

For example, in No Easy Answers, the story is told from the point of view from someone who was actually there. Brooks Brown, former friend of Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, tells the tale from his eyes and what he personally experienced.

I’m alone on a staircase outside Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

This spot is a quiet one, bordered by concrete recesses that merge into a sidewalk

leading up toward the math wing. I’ve stood here many times before; this place was

always secluded enough for me to get in one last quick drag before an administrator

would yell at me to quit smoking on school grounds.

This is the opening to the book and starts off with a description and a personal link. He describes the actions taken place at the location instead of over describing it. I took this writing style into consideration when writing my piece.

When writing, I reread every scene after writing it to make sure I had correctly portrayed what I had aimed to do. When I felt that I had lost a scene, I left it and began writing another until I found inspiration for the former scene.

I feel that throughout this writing process, my skills regarding syntax have improved. I now look at a sentence and identify the nouns, verbs etc and debate if there are alternate synonyms or sentence structures that could be better suited.

Overall, I am very proud of my work and I feel that I understand the true crime genre a lot better now.

 

No Easy Answers- Brooks Brown & Rob Merritt. 2002, Lantern Books. 

Devil’s Knot- Mara Leveritt. 2003, Atria Books.

In Cold Blood- Truman Capote. 1965, Vintage Books. 

Trimester 3 – Week 6

This week, writing was the main focus.

I started off by writing down layout ideas for my story, what scenes I wanted to include and a general synopsis.

Story layout ideas FMP

I found that writing down helped a lot as I could visualize my work more clearly and I knew what my end goal was. I had a much better idea of what I wanted my writing style to be and how to achieve it as I had what I wanted to write in front of me.

So far, the writing process has been anything but organized. I have begun writing a scene and then lost direction and started writing another. However, I am finding this better than forcing myself to write a scene I don’t know where to take yet.

FMP Scenes

At the moment, I am only writing the backbone of the story, very few of the scenes are finished. Once I am done laying out the plot, I will go back and add to it, finish the scenes and then craft them together.

I am exploring a new format and genre of writing through this project and I feel I am constantly learning because of it.

I feel that this is a huge step for me as a writer as I’m out of my comfort zone and I have to write in a way I am not used to. I am not only writing for myself but for JonBenet and I keep that in my foresight constantly.

Trimester 3 – Week 5

This week, I focused solely on my research.

I completed my secondary research however I expect to discover a lot more when I start writing. Altogether, I have collected reliable facts from multiple sources across all formats including, websites, official medical reports, documentaries and books.

Research fmp (3)

I found the research to be a really thought-provoking process as so many different sources were saying such contrasting things. The statements that weren’t professionally confirmed, I took with a pinch of salt. Whilst I am going to keep them in mind when writing, I will only include the known facts as the backbone for my writing and then use my imagination for the rest.

I feel that through this process, I have become more aware of what sources are credible. I have also explored the parts played in the crime by separating the facts into profiles by relevancy.

I am still working on my primary research; however, I am finding it difficult as I am not able to get enough participants to complete my survey. I plan to gather answers manually though which will increase the number of participants.

Next week, I plan on working on my primary research and writing.

Trimester 3 – Week 4

This week, I focused mainly on one thing. Research.

I started out by making bullet points on the case such as Suspects, Evidence, Investigation etc to establish the facts and would help create a timeline in the future.

I would then write down different statements I had established through various sources and then find more sources to back them up.

For example:

‘JonBenet was found dead by her Father in the cellar of her home.’

With this statement, I would then find different reliable sources backing them up and Harvard reference them.

Research fmp

This process so far has definitely been very time consuming and I’ve had to search through countless articles, not to mention the documentaries and books.

However, I feel that I have become better at researching now as I am better at skimming out the necessary information and finding reliable sources.

As I am writing a factual fiction piece, I am only taking the information I need from the research by filtering through it before writing it down. This way, it will be easier when writing my piece as the facts will be easier to navigate.

Although, I am concerned about the time management aspect as it took me days to acquire some basic research with several sources to each fact. I will be working extra hard to ensure that I have all the research I need to start my writing.

All sources for my research will be listed in the research document above.

 

Trimester 3 : Week 3

This week, we focused on our Final Presentations to present. Below is the final version of my Presentation.

FMP pitch presentation

This final version has differed greatly from the original piece. I have expanded more on my target audience and have narrowed it down to British women between the ages of 18 to 40.

Originally, my target audience was a lot wider. It was only aimed at people over the age of 18 with no regard to gender or nationality. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realised who I was aiming my work at.

I have also greatly expanded on the evaluation process, talking about what I would do at the end of the project to see if I had achieved what I set out to do. I will also be looking at how my message would’ve differed if I had chosen a different format for my project, had I maintained a fair amount of bias when writing etc.

Through the process of creating my Pitch, I feel that my production skills have increased. Before, I wasn’t very confident when it came to the actual production whereas now, I feel more able to produce this work of a higher quality.

I am still not as confident in this process than I am compared to the actual creative writing process but I am feel I am definitely getting better.

I feel that, over time, as I get better with this, my overall work quality will get better.

I took inspiration from this website for my pitch. 

Summarize all of the information before you present it, and use this opportunity to get your audience interested in your company. (Bill Clark, 2011. 10 Things to Include in your Startup Pitch Presentation. mashable.com. Last accessed: 13.05.17)

I took the quote above when creating my pitch and used it as inspiration. My Final Pitch gives a basic outline of my project at the beginning before going into detail further into the presentation.

I also took a quote from this website.

She aims to pique readers’ interest by crafting her opening pitch line as she would a click-worthy headline. (Joanne Cleaver, 2015. 3 Steps to the Perfect 3-Minute Pitch. Entrepreneur.com. Last accessed: 13.05.17)

I took this into consideration and ended up using this advice. In my Presentation, the second slide is a synopsis to capture the audiences attention. I feel this really worked with my project topic.

I hope to continue working on my production skills as they will definitely be useful in the future and make all the difference when creating.

Term 3: Week 2 Blog

This week, we worked through this PowerPoint. fmp-week-2 (1)

However, as I had already done most of this work, I spent the time re-editing my Project Proposal and Pitch which is linked here.

I also spent the week researching. Through this, I found out I knew more about True Crime novels than I thought.

I remembered a Movie I watched a while ago based on the case of the West Memphis Three.

On May 5th 1993, three 8 year-old boys, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and James Michael Moore, went missing. The next day, Police found the boys’ mutilated bodies in a nearby river.

In 1994, Jessie Misskelly, 17, Jason Baldwin, 16 and Damien Echols, 18, were sentenced for the murders of Branch, Byers and Moore, with Echols being sentenced to death.

This is one of the most controversial cases in history, with conflicting evidence proving their innocence. As of 2011, Misskelly, Baldwin and Echols are now free due to help from celebrities such as Johnny Depp, protesting their innocence.

The film I watched about the case was called Devil’s Knot and starred Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. After rewatching it this week, I have noticed little details in how they told the story. Whilst they told all the facts, they also included several scenes that have not been confirmed to have happened, yet are not so unbelievable that they could be considered outright lies. However, it is considered a ‘dramatized version of the events.’

Baldwin said, ‘I went through the script with a fine-tooth comb, page after page. The producers made changes without any fuss.’ 

So it’s confirmed that the film is reasonably trustworthy with the events of what happened.

I want the same to be said of my work, I want to tell the story of JonBenet through accounts of what happened and confirmed facts. I do want my work to be honest but dramatization may become a part of it if need be.

I have also taken inspiration from the book A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter, Dylan Klebold. The book tells her story on how she coped after the tragedy and the story of her sons life.

Over the week, I feel as though my horizons have broadened, if that makes sense, regarding how I want to do my FMP.

For primary research, I have created a survey on SurveyMonkey which you can complete here. 

I have chosen to do a survey focusing on the method for researching true crime as then I can get an insight into which is the most popular and I can then incorporate into my own work.

The past week has definitely made me think about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. All I can hope is that I do JonBenet justice by keeping her memory alive.

Term 3: Week 1 Blog

This week, we began on our Final Major Project. We were introduced the project and our criteria through a Powerpoint presentation.

The Presentation talked us through our own self growth and the skills we have learnt over the year as well as our likes, dislikes, fears, goals etc.

We were also told to come up with at least three ideas for our FMP and then choose one and start on our proposal.

My three ideas were:

  • Article spread of unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey
  • Biography of actor River Phoenix
  • Collection of short stories that are all linked (Each story would be left on a cliffhanger and at the end of the book, the reader would find out how they all intertwined, focusing on the butterfly effect.)

 

After a lot of thought, I chose to do my FMP on JonBenet Ramsey. JonBenet was a 6 year old beauty pageant queen when she was murdered in her home on Christmas Day 1996. Over 20 years later, the case still remains unsolved.

I decided on this project as I find the case very interesting and I want her memory to be honored. Although, she is yet to find justice, I hope to get her name out there and let her live on in peoples memories. I am not doing this in an effort to solve the case, but purely to remember a young girl whose life was taken from her.

At first, I was going to do my FMP in non-fiction article spread format, however, after some thought, I was unable to find a good source for Primary Research so instead, I changed it to Factual Fiction.

After talking to Greg, I was informed about the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote which tells the story of a crime as if it was fiction.

Here is the link to my blog post with my proposal and presentation.

Inspirations so far:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. 1966.

The Case of JonBenet Ramsey

 

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