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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Prof. Evan Smith
Prof. Barbara Jones
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Upward and Onward is a 54-page screenplay separated into five short episodes intended for the web. This original series is about a young woman, Diane Matthews, and the struggle she and her family face after the death of her father.
The story begins with Diane’s mother, Suzanne, finding her husband, Henry dead. Diane and her brother, Dan, return home and begin to cope with the loss. However, each member of the immediate family reacts differently, causing tension and animosity. Diane wants to keep the family together, Dan wants to avoid the issue, and Suzanne is paralyzed with shock.
Diane’s wishes to keep the family moving forward, despite their loss, are shattered when she finds out a secret about her father that alters her opinion entirely. Diane searches for solace and answers, but to no avail.
Upward and Onward is a short series that tackles themes of loss and grief. The purpose of this series is to illustrate what it is like to lose a loved one and the challenge of a family forced to adjust to an altered life.
Applegate, Margaret Hayes, "Upward and Onward: A Five-Episode Series Screenplay" (2015). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 900.
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