Bound Volume Number

Volume VII

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2016

Capstone Advisor

Richard Dubin

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component



Living With Loss, dark drama

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


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A process – that is what writing a script is. The hard part is not the writing, but knowing what to write. The process is a period of months where there is no written dialogue, instead, endless research, brainstorming, and outlining. The hard part is not the words, those come naturally; the hard part is developing a world in which your characters can effectively tell their stories and portray a deeper truth. Living With Loss is a full feature screenplay. The plot is structured around the main character, Elena Wellington, who has to cope with the death of her best friend, Emma Cooper. As she struggles with grief and a search for acceptance, she becomes overwhelmed by depression. The sadness suffocates her and changes her from the carefree girl she once knew. It is a coming-of-age script that teaches the reader that we can’t always predict what life will throw at us, but that life itself is too precious to be wasted. It shows us that sometimes we overlook the people who truly matter, and it reminds us to cherish everything, because someday we might not have it anymore. Living With Loss, like most of my works, is a dark drama. It showcases many serious issues, such as, death, suicide, drug addiction, depression, and internal psychological destruction. Through the use of flashbacks the audience is able to see the development of Elena and Emma’s friendship throughout the four years of college. My goal for this work was to create something that could affect people in a positive way. People deal with loss everyday, whether it’s a loved one, a family member, a best friend or even a pet. Loss is relevant to everyone and so is sadness. I wanted to announce that it is okay to lose your way in life or to make bad choices. The only thing that truly matters is that one day you must accept the loss, know that it changed you, and figure out how to grow out of trauma.

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