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  • Writer's pictureErin Fedeson

Visual Ventures: My Introduction to Screenwriting

Updated: Apr 22, 2021

Hello and thank you for visiting Waggish Writer.

It is about one week from the release of my website when I realized that while my Screenwriter persona has some of my story, there is a bit more to the story. The story I would say predates the actual class I took for screenwriting for it delves into my childhood.

My parents had a strong sense of what is and what is not appropriate for their children to watch on T.V. Good parents are this way. One of the content they frowned upon was anime.

I loved/love anime. It is a story medium that tells rich stories by the characters' expressions and the detail in visual presentation. There are many styles that I have been exposed to whether it was sneakily watching as a child, unwise binge watching of shows during college when I should have been sleeping, or my ventures onto Hulu, YouTube, or Netflix for stories that would strike my interest.

This interest of mine propelled me to think of what would I want to watch when I sat down for my screenwriting class in the summer between my undergraduate studies and my gap year before graduate school.

I had been interested in Full-Mental Alchemist, having at least seen the first episode (but sadly, I haven't watched it at this time but it will probably be on my to watch list). I at least knew enough of the premise. A movie I had watched was "Real Steel," released in 2011 and directed by Shawn Levy. I think what drew me was the robot theme (yes, I know that technically one of them is a suit of armor), but I had some ideas turning. A bit before the class, I had watched a bit of an anime show that had a theme of battles to determine the fate of the world (no, I cannot remember the show's name, but I'll see if I can dig it up at some point and update the post to include the name).

I digress. The ideas mixed and morphed into one question: "What if, in the future, on a planet of different climate zones, had robots battling in chess wars with Alchemy being thrown in as a monkey wrench?"

That idea propelled me to write my draft of "Fire Soul." What I love about the writing is the unique challenge of telling the story with images and dialogue. I would say that my ability to describe characters and scenes improved after starting script writing.

My second script I've shared on Waggish Writer is the first episode from season one of my anime series, "The History of the Natas Family: Hellnest Manor." I am a big fan of the anime "Black Butler," and I currently possess in my library the first five manga written by Yana Toboso. This anime/manga series inspire my story, but as I am a geek, I enjoy all kinds of history and culture. In the later episodes, I get to have some fun by bringing some creatures from Egyptian mythology.

If you're curious to know the answer to the question I proposed about "Fire Soul" or want to get more content for Hellnest Manor, drop me a comment in the comment saying which one of the stories would you want first. When I get 9 votes for one of the stories, I will send my creativity onward to complete/share my stories and work on taking them further along.


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