Wow!! The story is nearing completion although just as it seems we are getting things there, a deeply philosophical debate occurs on the metaphor of the Imaginary Friend and whether one of our deeper routed concepts works alongside a secondary one at a more superficial level. Meaningless to those of you out there not in the total know but believe me it could make or break the whole workability of the project as it stands if we don't get this right. Oh the frustrations and joy of weaving a tale!
I think we are decided to stay with what we have and trial the story on individuals not party to the process and see if they either get the metaphor and accept it or it screams at them as a clash of concepts. So the plan is next week to meet to tidy up loose ends, get it written in a format that will be understandable to our 'test audience' and ask them to read and feedback. If you are reading this don't worry it won't be you as you already have had too many clues!
Another good evening with progress that hopefully demonstrates how much angst we go through to entertain you!
Well! A successful evening of writing that began with a discussion on the Roller Coaster theory of writing. Basically any film or story needs to have high points interspersed with times of calm to build to a finale. Once we had sketched this out the reasons and character developments began to flow.
We now have a beginning, middle and end with the journey reasonably well mapped out. A few twists have emerged with the direction, in terms of trying to make this our lightest piece yet, beginning to take shape. We are even working in what we see as comedy moments!! Let's hope audiences do as well! That is the thing with comedy. Will others see and enjoy our humour. Writing humour feels very contrived and i guess we will only truly know it works when an audience experiences it.
Nest session planned for next week! Be good to progress this so we can start thinking of auditions for the middle of February.
On Sunday 7th December, the Channel 7 team, filmed the Riverside Theatre Companies Dance Group for a promotional video for them.
We spent just over 3 hours filming with them, capturing their rehearsals and a small performace from one of the routines from a recently performed show. We also recorded interviews with some of the members.
We recorded around 50 minutes of footage, which has now got to be edited down, into something more watchable.
After another excellent writing session this week, we’re gradually fleshing out the story for our script. We now have the main characters, George and Sebastian (Imaginary Friend) and lots of individual scenes planned out. There are still a lot of unanswered questions in our story at the moment and research and time will help plug these gaps.
We now need a back story to glue all these scenes together to make an entertaining story.
More scripting is planned in the next week or so, but with Christmas rapidly approaching we need to get this story finished, before we start scripting in early January.