Last night's meeting we discussed feedback from a reader and discussed how rubbish Jess is because she didn't read it... But all that aside, the feedback received was no different to the discussions that Darren and myself had when writing it.
It's difficult to have the full freedom of imagination when actually you're a small town company who mostly do this for fun and gratification.
For instance, without access to a soundstage or set designer, you might not see a period film set on Mars coming from us any time soon....
But that doesn't mean we don't have different ideas we want to convey. In our current story we use letters as a method of contact. Obviously few people write letters anymore but they are genuine form of communication and I wanted to use that over the impersonal, modern email.
However we then have to justify why were using letters and ensure that this comes across in the film. It's not enough to say "well I just wanted to use letters" the characters have to want to use letters too. And in the modern day... WHY do people want to use letters.. With all this in our minds it was a tough one last night. But we hope you enjoy the story when we get to show you!
After four months of mostly 2 hour weekly meetings we have our finished first draft.
We now have the task of checking it though, checking we’ve tied up everything and checking if it all makes sense. It’s easy as writers to assume something is written on a page especially after you’ve had a long conversation about it to find out you didn’t commit it to paper.
We spent over an hour on the last piece of dialogue, trying to get the right words. Eventually a niggly little sentence was swapped round and suddenly all came good.
As we approach the end, we have to face that it's nearly finished draft one and although it's an exciting second step, it's also sad that the writing's nearly done.
Darren had done some very nice formatting of last week's scenes and now they read on paper more like we've pictured in our minds.
One thing we have had to really consider is how the words we say can actually come across. In particular with the way we say things if we're trying to not influence someone's decision. Sometimes it's as easy as moving a few words around but other times its avoiding words all together. You may be pleased to hear that there's no swearing in this one though... Used all of those up last time!
We’re now very close to finishing writing the script. We’re about 3-4 scenes away I would guess. There is still some question on finally closing out the script, but I think we’ve now written the most complicated of all the scenes.
We will check back next week just to make sure the characters have posed all the right questions and we are not leaving open questions with no real answers. Names are always the hardest not that the really matter, but it seemed easier to name a pet hamster than their owners!
Time flew by and am enjoying crafting the story. It will be a shame to come to the end of the writing, but I am sure there will be some re-writes before the final version is offered up for production.
Trying to change up one of our scenes so that it breaks up the monotony of the visuals. We discussed how we had imagined this part and we'd both envisioned the same thing. But now we needed to write it! It's all fine and well picturing something in your mind but it's less simple to put it onto paper.
After a discussion and with us both deciding it's still how we wanted to proceed we focused on how we'd ensure that the point of the scene didn't get lost. In the end we agreed it would be easier to film them as 3 chunks and then split them whilst editing. This will be no easy feat but it means that we can be certain that the scene is understood, even if the visuals diversify from the rest of the film.