Yesterday me and the wonderful, talented actress Marley Hamilton took time out from our whole afternoon and evening to go through Draft 5 of Death by Designed (aka Fragments). And I have to say I am so glad we did. Going through it awoken so much more ideas that can now easily be applied to the script. When running through we didn’t just read it but me and Marley were in the back garden on this Cafe improvising scenes in the script, seeing what emotions the scene had, how the characters felt, figuring out how the scene got to that point in the script.
Just doing simply 5 minute exercises like that brings out so much more knowledge that we both wouldn’t have ever known if we didn’t do the exploration exercises. Marley said she feels more connected to the protagonist now and she’s is extremely excited to play her.
Prior to this day I have had feedback from Dom and Christie about the script and it was so helpful and interesting to get their feedback because they both had completely different things to say about the it, which again was really great for me to hear and understand and an epic aid to the script. At this moment I’m now trying to think of locations and other important points that is needed to make this film come to fruition…and of course now in the middle of writing the 6th draft. :D
Where’s April Gone?
It’s been over a month since I last updated my blog and I must say it’s gone by quickly so thought I’d just make a quick update on what’s happening.
Since completing the first draft over a month ago, I’ve been working on new drafts of the script…maybe around two weeks ago I was really struggling with the second draft, not with the narrative and telling the story itself but I just always felt something didn’t feel right. I kept thinking about it and thinking about it and couldn’t put my finger on it. Then one evening I had a epiphany, a striking realisation that really highlighted and identified what I was feeling and suddenly everything made sense. I was so focused on the character development and coming up with really emotionally potent scenes that I thought would be beneficial for conveying the narrative. BUT that’s it! That’s were I was going wrong. The epiphany came to me, that’s not what I initially wanted when I began exploring this idea. I went back to the initial spark of inspiration, the source for the idea. I wanted to write something new, different and to challenge myself as a writer, conveying a narrative in a completely new structure that was alien to me. Naturally I began the first draft through a linear structure, which is what I set out to do; to make things clear so it would be easier for me to transition that into this new (alien) narrative structure. As I got to the second draft, I didn’t loose that idea but I got so lost in the story that it naturally became lost.
But I am glad I’ve experienced that because it’s nice to take comfort in the idea that if you loose your way in the process of making something, which certainly applies to any artistic expression, and the creator(s) feel that something isn’t right; go back to the beginning, go to the bare bones of why this project came about and suddenly everything becomes so clear again. (Quite a refreshing and comforting feeling).
I’ve now finished the 3rd draft which is great, as well as always trying to improve the story, I’m now going to really try and start thinking about production, how to work really figure out and work around the idea of being a true freelancer. As I’ve been writing I’ve been collecting imagery from a load of variety of different films, music videos, short films etc that I’ve seen, basically to make what I see in my head come to life (in a sense), I’ll pick out some of the best images and upload them on the next post, hopefully it will try and hint at the types of themes that this short hopefully would convey.
WHAT’S AT HAND:
Your spirit strong and pioneering. Don’t let your ego get in the way. This is a good time to push ahead with ideas, contract negations, and other legal matters. Goals you can meet quickly than long-ranged ones.
Social Life and activity come to the forefront. Don’t get stuck in old behaviour patterns. If you come to a fork in the road, keep your eyes open for all options. Past efforts and labour bring good rewards.
You’re about to become surprisingly successful in navigating extremely complex situations as you strive to toward meeting some of your long-range goals. Use your intuition and treat others royally. Cooperation in professional projects brings great rewards.
WHAT TO DO:
You want to be financially independent, so why not get started right away? You may have to put up with criticism from your family and friends, but this is the time to push forward and improve your quality of life.