Sarah Wyland | Film School Year Two
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Film School Year Two

I start year two of film school today. 

Yet it feels like day one of the entire program. 

Later this afternoon, I’ll drive over to campus, fight for street parking, and sit down – fully masked – in a classroom to begin the process of writing my drama pilot. I’ll be in a room with my classmates and professor, sharing ideas, breaking story, giving one another feedback. After a year of interacting via Zoom, it feels surreal. I finally got to go into the School of Film and Television a couple of weeks ago and I had actual chills as I saw the equipment, the classrooms, the screening room. It does exist, and it’s waiting patiently for us to create within its walls. 

In addition to writing a drama pilot, I’ll also write a comedy pilot and take a class on entertainment business affairs this semester. It’s going to be a full semester, a busy one, but it’s going to be a good one. 

Because we’ll be in person. 

There are a lot of question marks around COVID and such, but I’m going to hold out hope that we will all remain safe and school will remain open and functioning the way it’s meant to. That will mean a lot of masking up and stricter production protocols, but we’ll do what we have to do. 

Sarah Wyland | Film School Year Two

I also feel like this semester will be the one that makes or breaks me. 

I don’t have a resume of film projects or a portfolio of polished screenplays. I can’t claim to be a finalist in a competition or a film festival. I just have a few rough drafts and a lot of ideas. I’ve been looking forward to writing my drama pilot for a year. I could have started it. Maybe even should have. One of my professors told me to work on the pitch deck for it over the summer, but all I have is a few half-hearted starts. 

But now I have to actually write it. 

I have to tell someone about it outside of me and Professor Duncan. I have to be open to feedback about characters and storylines I’ve thought out so intentionally. This semester feels like a turning point and I’m excited about it. I’m excited to build my skills, write my stories, learn more about the ins and outs of the entertainment business. 

I’m excited to challenge myself and see what I’m capable of. 

I’m excited to be on campus. 

I’m grateful to be a a film school student. 

Here we go, year two. Let’s see what you’re made of. 

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