After another marathon evening of script writing, the end is now in sight. We've now introduced all our characters and have written approximately 30 pages. There are various stages so far in the script where we could have ended our story and a lot of discussion was had about where to do it. If we had all the time in the world, we could have easily extended our story to a 90 minute film, which is in some way disappointing as it now feels a bit like we're ending the story early.
So next week all we have to do now is tie up all the loose ends and then we'll be ready for the next stage. Review and planning!
As of late some of our films have focused on the negative aspects of life, but both Lindsay and I are really pleased that this story has gone in a completely different direction this time.
Another successful session which started even earlier to try and get more done! Despite the pension and childcare debates we remained fairly on task and completed another 5 scenes. One of these was what we call a music video where we fill in gaps using significant music and a number of scenes flowing together.
The voiceover really ends Act 1 which sets the scene and occurs at a turnng point in the story. I would guess we're about two thirds of the way through the actual script so would hope 2/3 more weeks should have it ready. Then it's to auditions and the read-through which changes some lines to work better with the characters/cast.
After another 2 hours script writing (although an hour of that was probably chatting), we have 4 more scenes complete, with approximately 15 more to go, making the film around 20-25 minutes long.
The script is flowing well and apart from the odd difference of opinion both Lindsay and I seem to be on the 'same page'. We are trying to put as much direction in the script as we can and lots of discussion was had about how to describe a particular expression and also how our main character should walk out of a room, stomping/crying/laughing... Just a subtle thing like leaving a room with the wrong expression could give a different meaning to the whole scene.
We also spent a little bit of time discussing our lead actors/actresses. Auditions for these roles will probably take place after the Easter Break with the majority of filming taking place in mid to late August. So if you or anyone else you know might be suitable for a part, sign up on our casting page and we'll contact you with audition details nearer the time. Our main characters are 11-12. So any who looks that age may apply.
Well, at last actual lines are being recorded and we have our first 3 scenes written! This is the bit that can be a real slog or just flow and I am please to say that all our discussions and ironing out of the principals involved have made this a real pleasure. we are both in tune with the direction the story is going and every line and word spoken is painting the picture and characters from line 1, the planned locations and interactions.
We are thinking this will work out at about 20 minutes and have already injected our own touches of humour, some very deeply personal and others obvious. I think both of us ended tonight with that feeling of a job well done. The picture is a hint to a scene used to establish the lead character's character. Meet Barry!
At last we've finally put the final touches to the outline of the story. Much discussion was had about what imaginary friends are and the fact they could be different things to different people. Having gone over and over our story it was clear we were mixing our own rules up and that brought on another discussion about whether films should follow rules. I think we eventually agreed that films don't have to make sense, but have to be consistent in their story telling so not to confuse the viewer. For example can an Imaginary friend be seen by other people? Can imaginary friends talk to each other? Once we established the boundaries then scripting became a lot easier.
We also juggled a few scenes around to make the story flow better on our rollercoaster ride. We have also needed to show a passage of time and more discussion was had around whether we should use a music montage to do this. Eventually everything fell into place and we now have a structure to work to.
Now all we need to do is fill in the scenes with actions and dialogue and then the first draft will be complete. If only it was that simple.