Sunday, March 27, 2011

Post #12: Script Overhauling

Whew, what a week! On top of the Student Showcase of Films Awards Ceremony on Friday and being constantly busy with the Nuremberg project, "Fragments" suffered a script melt-down. After consulting with Professor Watson, who gave us some much-needed tough love in terms of the state of the script, we decided to devote this week to a complete re-evaluation of the project. I must admit, on Wednesday we almost considered 'starting over,' so to speak, by completely re-writing the script. We decided we needed to take a break and re-convine the following day before we did something impulsive that we'd regret later (such as ripping the script in half and deleting all of the final-draft files.) By Thursday we felt a bit better about having to address the script issues, and after some brief consulting with Zac Weaver we realized that we might not need to change as many things as we thought (thanks Zac!)

Anyways, to make a long story somewhat shorter, we met on Saturday at Starbucks (couldn't take being on campus that many days in a row) and 'fixed' the script. This consisted of adding another layer of narration that should help lead the audience through the film without muddling the concept. I promise, more details will be available once I have time to write about them. For now, the great fix will have to remain ambiguous.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Post #11: Starting Up Again

Well, we're back from Spring Break and there's lots to do. It's true that we're a little bit behind schedule (about 1 week behind to be exact), but rehearsals should be starting next week, and filming can begin right after that. For now, we've cast four of five main roles, and should be wrapping up the fifth tomorrow afternoon. Here's the partial cast list we have so far:

Mike: Mike Westrich
Jessie: Kayla Golladay
Rob: Talieson Powell
Eva: Gina Coviello

Tomorrow we will make a final decision as to who's playing Late-night Larry, and then we'll start fishing around for the various extras and small roles that are left, as well as securing the remaining locations. Following that we have rehearsals with the cast members who are already cast (hopefully on location) so we can rehearse them. Once the actors are done, Adam, Grant and I will stay behind and practice lighting set-ups, etc. so that actual filming days will run smoother and require less time for set-up. We're still estimating about two shoots per character, with perhaps a third for a certain scene between Rob and Mike. That brings us to a total of 11 filming days that need to occur before mid-April. Yeah, it's a lot of work, but hopefully it will be worth it.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Post #10: Shortest Post To Date

Spring Break is drawing to a close. Immensely-large, too-huge-to-fathom-without-coffee, tons-of-work ahead.