I’ve always loved storytelling since I was young; for most of my life, my interests and my plans for the future revolved around storytelling in some capacity. I’ve thought of becoming a videogame designer, but for the past few years I’ve loved nothing but the idea of creating stories to entertain and make people think. Over the last year, I took my personal interest in the world of comics and used them in combination with my love for the art of storytelling to create two scripts.
The first was a 44 page script revolving around the Joker, delving deep into the psyche of a person suffering from mental health and how neglect and society can affect that. The second was a five page opening scene for a pilot episode of a TV series about the former Robin, Dick Grayson, and his life as his own superhero, Nightwing. Additionally, I am working on a script for the ending scene of the first season of a Batman TV series delving into the unique relationship between Batman and his greatest villain: the Joker.
Everytime I complete one of these projects I learn more and more about character depth, relationships, and motivations. Through my many projects, I learned how to express these skills I’ve acquired just by using the right dialogue. I’ve gained the ability to show a character’s personality, motives, and their relationship with other characters and how those words affect the text. I’ve also been able to recognize the deeper meaning in dialogue that can give insight to symbolism, relationships, and even setting.
I was able to do all of that and more in a little over half a year, and I’m always coming up with new ideas for projects, so no matter how many I do I’ll still have more where that came from.