Hello! Jess here! I've been attending the scripting sessions with Darren and Lindsay for the past few weeks and they've decided to let me loose on an update post! (They must think I'm doing okay!?)
The scripting session this week was a tricky one. Writing one of the most pivotal scenes in the film is an enormous task and this particular scene will probably be revisited a few more times until we're finally happy. I am sure that draft 245 will make the final cut eventually!
Lessons learned this week are that language and the "culture" of swearing has changed a lot! We've found ourselves asking "do people say that today?". Lesson 2 was to not write notes you don't understand! I'm sure we'll find a place to put spoons in.. maybe... No spoilers!
Other than that, all going rather well! I am excited to be a part of this project and I won't be going anywhere, so I don't think you should either! Stay tuned! J x
So how do you show the passage of 6 weeks, indicate characters are getting to know each other, develop characters to the audience AND move the story on in the space of about 2 minutes max?
This was our dilemma at this week’s scripting session and guess what. Not only did we do it we have started injecting something almost unheard of in a Channel 7 production. Humour! Well we think so, only when an audience chuckles or lols will we know we can actually do humour.
A really good session and Jess is really fitting in and adding another depth to our writing. It is really refreshing to have her on board. Still no spoilers(I hope) and good progress being made.
Just before Christmas last year we met for an improvisation session to learn more about our characters and interactions and to try and get some realistic dialogue.
Unfortunately the evening did not progress as well as we’d hoped in terms of actual dialogue but it has told us a lot about our characters and some areas we need to work on.
Since then we have met for our first script writing session of the year and have a new member of the writing team, Jess Morphew, to help us.
We discussed many things and even found time to write the first scene! Discussions were had around our male character as we weren’t happy with his character and a long discussion on whether or not our first scene would really happen. In the end we weren’t sure but went with artistic license.
The story has now been completed and sorted into scenes and character profiles have now been finalised ready for our improvisation session towards the end of the year.
Lindsay and I have created a rough outline of the scenes and will feed information to the actors about the sort of thing we want to see and record what happens. We will only tell them the information that is necessary so that they too do not know where the story is heading.
This allows the actors to explore their characters and for them to question each other about the events along the way, hopefully leading to more natural flow and set of dialogue.
This also helps us to see if the characters, events, etc. work before spending hours scripting the dialogue.
Well it has finally happened! The story is complete and we have a beginning, middle and end! The foundations have been laid! There is a good deal of satisfaction in getting to this point and starting to prepare for the next phase of which there are so many on the journey of producing a film.
With Darren on ‘holiday’ next week we are taking a week off with some homework to independently find representations of the scenes as stills from films so we can start discussing locations styles and so forth. On his return we plan to pull the story into scenes to give to our potential cast to improvise around. (If you two are out there reading this wait for the call/email to set up a session before Christmas!)
We have also discussed some potential locations for some of the scenes so initial contacts will also be made in the near future.
Now it is you, our esteemed supporters, turn to help if you can. Rehearsal space can be very expensive and on the club’s very limited funds this can be a huge problem. If any of you know anywhere locally that is suitable for this at minimal or preferably no cost, please get in touch.