Back to the drawing board

By Ren LaForme

Time will tell if Nick Coluzzi will become the next great screenwriter.

Time will tell if Nick Coluzzi will become the next great screenwriter.

At first glance, Nick Coluzzi would appear to be a typical college student.

The Long Beach, N.Y. native dreamed of being an architect and decided to attend UB to pursue his passion.

“When I was a little kid, I used to play with LEGOs and K’NEX and was always constructing things,” he said.

Coluzzi had it all worked out. He had prepared himself with architecture courses in high school and had a 5-year plan for college.

Then, during his sophomore year, everything changed. Coluzzi stopped enjoying architecture and decided to make a change.

“I switched to English because I always liked writing – it always came naturally,” he said.

Now in his junior year, Coluzzi plans to pursue screenwriting after graduation. He’s already working on his first screenplay and he has two more in mind.

And unlike many other novices in the field, Coluzzi has connections. One of his good friends knows Emmy Award winning director Spike Lee.

“Without even looking I have connections like that already,” Coluzzi said.

Coluzzi hopes to attend a graduate school to pursue his career – preferably UCLA or USC, he said.


One response to “Back to the drawing board

  1. Lead: 2/4 This lead is weak and misleading. What, after all, is a typical college student? Why isn’t he one? Nothing you tell me in the piece makes me think he’s so radically different.

    He did change his major, yes, but many students do that. If he was one semester from graduating when he changed, maybe you would have a hook, but this doesn’t work.
    Storytelling/interviewing :3/3 I’m giving you all the points here, but really, you could have done better.

    WHAT EXACTLY made him change his mind? Was it a class? A line of poetry? A film? Why does he want to write screenplays? Do the ideas just come to him or does he have to work at them? Dig deeper to make your story more scintillating. A good writer can do this even with a boring subject. It’s all about the questions you ask.
    Grammar: 3/3

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