back to the drawing board

I had a feedback session regarding my first draft with my supervisor this week. It went well, and I’ve been mulling over the suggestions since then. I’m filled with excitement over the possibilities for change and improvement for the script, combined with dread at the thought of the re-write involved. I haven’t written anything yet as I need time to turn the characters and the plot over in my mind and examine them from different angles.

My concern is that most of the changes I’m considering are small shit–stuff that’s easily tackled. I have major issues in the script that I have to address. I need to focus on them first, and not get distracted by fine-tuning. I need the guts to tackle the heart of the problem, and not wimp out and obsess over window-dressing.

I want to start the re-write next week, as I am on a tight deadline. The second draft must be completed in early July, so I can write a third draft by August. After that I doubt I’ll have time for anything but a quick polish considering how insane my schedule is the weeks before the September 1 deadline. When I lay it out this starkly I can foresee that this next draft is the pivotal one. In all likelihood I won’t have the time to make drastic changes to the next version. Which means that I need to be ruthless and audacious in equal measure.

I picked up Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach by Paul Joseph Gulino recently. Sequencing is a technique we discussed in class, but I wanted more in-depth information about it. I suspect my script could benefit–especially its pacing–from approaching the re-write with sequencing in mind. I don’t believe in following any method slavishly, but I won’t ignore a tool if it has a useful application.

I should discover in the coming weeks if it’s a method that will aid me shape my script into a decent form.