This week we got down to writing one of the key scenes in the film. This was made all the more difficult with sketchy WiFi connection!
This is really the scene where the drama really starts so we spent a lot of time focusing on the words, emotions and atmosphere. It's certainly not a scene to be rushed.
Our 2 hour video call wasn't quite long enough to get to the end of the scene so we'll be continuing on next week.
After a very uneventful Christmas and yet another National Lockdown it has been hard to find the motivation to script, plan and prepare for filming something that we may not be able to do this year.
When scripting we’ve kept things fairly simple and tried not to have a cast of thousands so we can try and keep to what ever rules there are at the time, but the simple fact is that if we can’t meet in doors then this film isn’t happening.
We are still making progress despite our concerns. Some scenes seem perhaps a little short at the moment but until you can read the whole script in one go it is difficult to feel the pace of the film. One thing we don’t want to do is rush through the story for the sake of it, equally we didn’t want to bore the audience to death.
More next week.
Our last zoom call before Christmas!
We started writing some words and although we liked some of them, some we didn't. Such is the writing process! However you can't edit what you’ve not written!
A few scenes down and we then started to consider the importance of "dull moments". Scripting is a rollercoaster of emotions and drama but sometimes we need some scenes that are as mundane as life can be. It's these scenes that add to the realism of the story and enhance the relatability.
Another evenings zoom scripting. Not as enjoyable as being face to face, but in these times it is making the best of a bad situation. When you spend your day on teams meetings, the last thing you really want to do in the evening is the same thing.
Having said that progress is being made. We’ve written our first 4 scenes and have decided on some more of the back story (can’t give too much away) so we are now in a good position to resume next week.
In a normal year I’d be worried that we’re a little bit behind where we’d need to be to get things filmed in the summer, but what’s normal any more…
This week in scripting: we discovered the chat feature on Zoom, which is very helpful because Jess has poor internet connection!
Very productive meeting this time around; without disclosing too much, we created the other significant characters!
All characters need to bring something to the table. They also all need to have their own lives and stories. But in the end it's this detail that helps make the story more realistic and dynamic.