Half a Heart is a screenplay that follows a character’s journey to find happiness in her life and learn to be strong enough to stand on her own. Cara has spent a significant portion of her life in a relationship with Sal, and while this relationship has made her happy and could be considered true love, it is something she must learn to walk away from as it is not moving forward. Cara must learn to find other forms of happiness while also learning to stick up for herself. One of the most difficult struggles she needs to overcome is her overbearing family beliefs, that lead her to fall back into old habits and stunt herself discovery. This screenplay follows Cara’s journey as she finds the strength to say goodbye to her long-term relationship, stick up for herself when it comes to her family, looks for a career that drives her, and finally be happy in what she is doing in her life.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Romance films; Separation (Psychology)--Drama

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Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Franklin Deese

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Coughlin


RIT – Main Campus

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