The writing of Zachary T. Bucholtz


I have taken two screenwriting classes at the University of Michigan in the Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC) department.  One is SAC 309: The Screenplay as Literature, which studies specific narrative aspects of the screenplay, and SAC 310, the beginning screenwriting course that requires students to come up with an idea, develop character profiles and a treatment, and ultimately produce a feature-length script in three months.

I am currently in the process of writing my second feature-length screenplay to submit for admission to the screenwriting sub-concentration at Michigan.  It is an adaptation of the essay about my grandpa (referenced multiple times on this site and available here).  When I have completed the screenplay, I may release the treatment and the notes I originally started in the summer of 2009.

Perfect – An adaptation of “On Seeing My 100% Perfect Girl One Fine April Morning,” a short story by Haruki Murakami.  This was my final exam for SAC 309 at the University of Michigan, an introductory screenwriting course.

You Shook Me All Night Long – My first feature-length script, for SAC 310 at the University of Michigan.  It’s a romantic comedy about a college student, Will, who falls in love with Mia.  The story was based on a series of events and conversations with my four female best friends, who all contributed to the writing process.  The main character, Will, is based on me, and Mia is based in part on my friends Emily and Monica.  My hope is to someday soon revise this script and prepare it to be shown as a spec script.  There are a lot of flaws in the story and character development, not to mention tons of typos.

Aftermath – A 20-minute “mockumentary” about a play I also wrote and directed.  Judd Apatow, director and producer, casts a new film with the help of Kristen Bell and Paul Rudd, but it goes terribly and he ends up angering the famous actors who came to audition.  This script, later shot and produced, follows the characters in the hours after the audition.  To read more about the making of this screenplay, click here, or watch the movie.


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