Writing is like this war that goes on in my head. There’s constant screaming and yelling between all the creative faces in my mind. Eventually one of them pulls a gun, the rest of course must brandish their weapons. There’s knives, there’s a mace, a lance, I think one of em has a fly swatter, don’t know why.
I write alone where no one can see me, because I look like an autistic conductor waving his hands at an imaginary symphony while occasionally catching the distracting glimpse of a squirrel in the distance.
Add in having my headphones on while listening to everything from The Black Belles to SADE to John Williams to Run DMC, and it’s an interesting (creepy) sight. But it’s necessary. It’s the only way I can sort out what’s in my head.
Right now I’m doing final re-writes on pages I need to send out to actors that I need to shoot in a few weeks. I want to make sure these scenes are as streamlined and polished as can be. The scenes are done. They’re ready to shoot as is, but I always go back and say “How can I plus it?” Can this be funnier, shorter, less dramatic, more convincing, realistic?
Eventually I’ll find my way there. In truth sitting at the desk typing is only the first round of writing. The next round comes when I shoot it. The shots I come up with will tell a deeper story, and hopefully convey the truest essence of what’s on the page. The third round comes in post. The editing, the right cuts, how long to hold the shot, how long we stay on one actor before we actually hear the dialogue, how quickly I cut the dialogue together, the color correction, all of this helps hone in on the essence of the scenes, and sometimes deepens it. The fourth and final round of writing comes in the score. What kind of music will I compose to further narrate the story. Where will there be score? Where will there be silence where we just let the dialogue speak for itself?
Each of these things, writing, shooting, editing, scoring, they each tell there own story. And when combined properly, the blend will and should deliver to you the actual story in it’s truest and most brilliant form.
I can’t wait for you to see that brilliance. But first, everyone in my head needs to put their weapons down. Yes even the fly swatter.