This evenings scripting session was not as productive as perhaps others have been. With the recent government announcement that things might start to get back to some sort of normal we discussed the possibility that it might be possible to film this at some point this year. We started thinking of a possible plan on how we might achieve this, with one of the main characters a child, school holidays dictate when this might happen. The main thing is to finish the scripting process first.
As we script the last few scenes in the film it is important to get the balance of information to tell the story but without labouring the points. The script has been heading towards the main character making a life changing decision and we don’t want it to feel rushed, but also don’t want the film to seem like it is never going to end. In an ideal world we’d show all the events that would lead to her decision being realised too, but life isn’t always that interesting to watch, so some careful decisions now need to be made on how to get to the finish line. Maybe in 2-3 weeks’ time we’ll have our first draft.
Tonight we thought about communication and how it's changed over time. Before the internet people had to send letters or use a telephone box to make a call. It's crazy to think how much that's all changed in a few years, but with an important element of our story being the receipt of letters from strangers, we had to consider how relevant this is to our time.
With letters, there's a certain idea of effort. It now takes more effort to send a letter; getting an envelope, buying a stamp, posting it... Compared to writing an email. This is something we wanted to hold on to. We wanted letter writers to be considered in their approach. So we've kept the letter writing in the story.
Who knows... Maybe we'll start a new trend. In the meantime I'm sure Darren will email me to let me know what time we are meeting... On teams... Using the internet.
Another productive evening scripting. We’ve probably reached the half way point in the story, but not necessarily the half way point in elapsed time.
This evening we were going great guns writing scene after scene. There are a lot of repetitive scenes that help show the passage of time, so it was a sort of copy and paste scenario, until it felt like we it was running away with us.
We then when back over our notes to make sure we were following out initial plan/outline. It is often easy to carry on writing and miss the things that keep it true to the original plan and before long you find it hard to tie it all back up.
We have re-formed out outline for next week so should be good to carry on. It feels like it is getting a bit easier now we know the characters a bit more.
Zooming through this one as a team! We've discovered that the past few weeks of glitchy meetings needn't have happened had we used teams!
But that did mean that will fully functional sound quality, we could get this scene down without interruptions. We focused on another key scene in the film whereby the lead characters have come to accept their reality and the decisions they have to make. We had our own decisions to make I regard to how to end a scene of this caliber.
Where do we draw the line between spoonfeeding our audience and telling them what they need to know...
When your day job seems to be Teams and Zoom calls all day long the last thing you want to do is sit in the same chair with the same computer and do another Zoom call, however in these ‘fun’ times we can only do what we’re allowed.
This week we managed to progress past last week’s stumbling block to finish our pivotal scene before completing one more scene. We also managed to lay the ground work for the next challenging scene. It’s funny how two hours just flies by.