ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

a pro script reader ponders movies, reading, writing and the occasional personal flashback

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

My Words Hung In The Air

As previously mentioned, I joined a screenwriting group, a weekly gathering of very solid writers. One of the cool things is that once a month each writer gets the chance to hear actors (there are a number of talented up-and-comers who show up each week) read 25 pages of their script out loud.

Last night was my night. In fact, it was the first time I'd ever heard anyone read anything out loud that I had ever written, something that was long, long overdue, being that I'd long heard that it was truly a good thing for screenwriters to actively seek out.

As experiences go, it was pretty cool. The dialogue seemed to flow pretty well, while any repetitive lines in the dialogue and the scene description jumped out. The actors had some fun with the dark comedy of the material, which was nice to see, and afterward everyone there gave me a lot of really good notes about what didn't work.

I suspected that this would be a good experience, but now I'm sold. There's definite benefit in getting this new POV of one's work. It also made it clear that my first 30 pages were still rather rough, and that there is a lot that needs to be reworked for me to find the best story in the material, but I knew that going in, and now I have more of a sense of where the script's current shortcomings are.

Still, people seemed very intrigued with the premise, and had no idea where I was heading with it; in fact, several of the other writers worried that I had written myself into a corner. Since I know exactly where it is all heading, this made me happy; the fact that they were wondering where it was going next, and had no idea, can only be a good thing.

It all gives me a lot more motivation to have pages ready for my next session, a discipline-goose that is always welcome.

5 Comments:

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous George said...

That's great, Scotty-Boy! I'm happy that you are really committing to writing again. The past year has been a very productive period for you. Keep it up! I can't wait to read this darkly humorous tale you're weaving.

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I love having my stuff read out loud. We used to get a bunch of decent local actors together and go through a new script. good stuff.

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Steve Barr said...

Next time you're up, will you let me know? I've been meaning to drop by and say Hi, and that would be a perfect occasion.

 
At 4:05 AM, Anonymous amitbe said...

just got news that 20 minutes of a pilot I wrote might be directed and read by actors in front of local producers, directors and screenwriters! looking forward for a similar experience.

thanks for blogging

 
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