Sign Language – In Depth Post #3

Due to snowing weather conditions I have been unable to meet with my mentor in person but “since sign language is a visual art” as said by my mentor, we were able to hold our meeting over FaceTime. In our last meeting she taught me colours and family signs. Since there are gender signs, the family signs took up most of our time but it was very valuable to learn. In sign language, from the nose up is masculine, and from the nose down is feminine. So to review what I have learned so far is the alphabet, numbers 1-10, colours, 5 Ws, and family signs. I have also learned a few random signs so we can communicate during the lesson. Instead of adding short clips of every sign I’ve learned in each meeting into each blog post, I was thinking as part of my final blog post that I would create a short YouTube video of all of the signs I have learned and post the link on my final blog. Also I will add a video of my presentation and link that as well but to a separate post.

During this meeting with my mentor I used numbers 4, 5, and 6. Some new information I gained centered around the family signs and how nose and above is masculine and nose and below is feminine. In this day and age where gender can be a tricky subject I asked how you would sign that to probe further into the topic. This then led into a discussion of a new point of view and alternative perception. She said that there are a few LGBTQ+ sign language courses where they teach you how to sign without using genders. For now she has taught me if there is no gender then you sign in the middle of your face or nose area.

It was notably harder to have an effective meeting when circumstances kept me from meeting with my mentor in person, but it gives me another challenge in my road to learning.


My initial inquiry question was how to write a script. What drew me to it was I have always been into the theater and acting so I wanted to know why scripts are the way they are. During the process of learning how to write a script and why things are written the way they are, my question changed but then it changed back again with a few minor additions. At one point, my question changed to how to write an effective script and how the style of that script effects the reader/actor, and to present that I was going to write the same script but in multiple styles. Due to limited amount of time, I was only able to write the first scene of a script using one style; understanding why everything was written that way and using it properly took a bit of time. So, my question has changed to how to write an effective script and why they are written the way they are.

The skills that I have learned are the skills of simplicity and concision. Coming into this project I thought I was going to have to write a lot more detail into the script such as camera angles and panning directions, when, in reality, you have to be concise and loose. What I mean by loose is you don’t have to have everything planned out for the script to be effective, in fact the directors like it better if they have some wiggle room to adjust things. These skills are applicable to my success as a student because the skill of concision can be used in any assignment. The skill of simplicity can be used during group projects; when doing my part of the work I can make it detailed for content, but simple for how it can be used.

The answer to my inquiry question cannot be answered without a long explanation and examples of scripts, but what I did learn was it’s not as complicated as I thought it would be, but still just as difficult. Some evidence of my research is the link I used in a previous blog, but I will post it below again. I would also share what I have so far for my script, but I do not want to ruin the story, so I was post a copy of my script after presentations.

My final artefact demonstrates my learning by showing that I understand how to use the strategies of script writing into making my own original script. The core competencies that I have chosen for this project are:

  1. Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking 
  2. Transform ideas and information to create original texts
  3. Create and communicate

My final artefact connects to these competencies by showing that I am able to comprehend the explanations for each item in a script, I am able to transform my own original ideas into an original text (script), and I am able to communicate my script and the details behind it with my peers.

The resources that were useful during my inquiry were

My own personal scripts from past plays

These links helped me with the basic understanding of what a screenplay is, the history behind them, how they are used, and how they are formatted. Getting to learn the basics of what a screenplay is gave me a better idea of what I was getting into and what I also would want to look into. The first link was the best link for how to write a script and what everything in a script meant.

Finally, the new questions I have are, how long does it take to write a whole script and what kind of changes do directors make to the script. What excites me about these questions is I’ve had a lot of fun making my own story line and script and, depending on the feedback I get from the class, I feel like i might want to keep this script, continue to work on it, and maybe someday be able to submit it to something where it may have the chance of being used. Knowing the answers to those questions would help me figure out what I could possibly do with my story.

Inquiry Plan

Looking back at my original inquiry plan, even though I would like to do multiple styles of scripts, I do not think I will be able to with the time I have left. What I think I am going to do now is instead of multiple small scripts, I will make one bigger script and it will be in the standard script style that I learned about from the website I mentioned in my last post. So, for these next few class days and the week we have off I will continue to add onto the script I have started.

Valuable source

While researching my question I found this amazing website that shows you step by step what should go into a script. It explains what everything is called, what everything means, and where it should go. The link to the website will be below. It has shown me basically everything I need to know about script writing, but I will still continue on my research for another day. I have also decided which story I will be turning into a script, and with the knowledge I have now I can start turning that story into the script I hope for.


How the style effects the actor reading it

A new question that I have come up with is the effect the script style has on the actor reading the script. I would like to include this in my final presentation by getting the person i am presenting to, to tell me which style of script they like best and why and compile that into a second answer for the second half of my project. It would be really fun if I was able to present that answer in front of the class, but if I can’t at least I’ll have the answer.

Also, through my research I found what the type of script I will be writing is called. The type of script I will be writing is a spec script. A spec script is the script for new movies and TV shows that haven’t been bought/sold. Most scripts are spec scripts. Only small percentage make it to the screen. Spec scripts are usually original work which is what I am planning on making. I haven’t chosen which styles I am going to delve into, but I have options ready.

ZIP Proposal 2019

I would like to learn how to write a script because I have always been interested in acting and having done a few plays with Lindjberg Academy. I have a few old scripts and in each of those scripts they have a different way of showing when a person is speaking and when a person is acting. I’m excited to learn what the reasons are for script writers using the different styles and what effect it has on the actors. Like I said before, I have previous experience with scripts and different styles of them. I think my previous knowledge and curiosity for script styles will help me succeed in my work.  

I hope that by the end of this assignment I gain a better understanding of how scripts are written, how they affect the actor who is using them, and what different styles of scripts there are. Beyond Mr. Morris I can use my peers and people I know from acting to support my research. Also, a main resource I will be using is the internet; if I can get a hold of some, I will also use other scripts as sources. 

I plan on showing my work by writing my own short story and turning that into scripts using the different types/styles I learn. I will get the person I am presenting to, to read off the scripts and I’ll record which one everyone likes best and why and if I get a chance to I will share those results to the whole class. 

As of right now we have eight assigned class days; in the background I will always be working on the short story. I think I can evenly split my work in half so for four days I can research and take notes on different script styles and types and the affects they have on the actors, and then the other four days I can turn my short story into the scripts using the styles I choose. I will always be working on this in the background though.

Zip DOC 4(?)

I have quite a big list of struggles during ZIP, even though I am not good at assembling lists. Here are a few:

In the past weeks, I have found that it is very hard for me to brainstorm a big list of items. I was trying to do a prereading list of the benefits of text vs. visual presentation in terms their ability to present characters. I got to around 5 for each, but can’t get any further no matter how hard I tried. Later on, in a similar exercise, I could concentrate for the first 10 minutes or so, but I lost my focus soon after. Even then, since it is on my mind, during the day I will sometimes get an idea that I will forget before I can write it down. A few cycle of that drives me crazy. So I began carrying a notepad at home, which helped a lot.

I also found that it is very hard to analyze too many works, so I will just focus on one piece. I have watched the movie and read the book both twice, and I will create an infographic later.

That said, I realized that infographics are very hard to create on a slow computer. My usual browser, Opera, is incompatible with canva, the design website I am using, and on top of that, using Firebox often crashes my computer for whatever reason. Even with Chrome, I have to slowly carry out any operation or else the browser freezes and doesn’t respond. So I will still try to create as many as I need, but I may replace some of them with mind maps or other things.