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- 18 February 2014 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
I can't believe it, but in just 6 sessions, we have completed the narrative for the story. Well, I actually had the first draft done before the 6th session, but it was just open for discussion and clearly not done. But after this session (and before the next), I can say that the narrative sessions are wrapping and the script writing sessions are about to begin.
As I mentioned last time, we are looking to get some illustrations done in the coming weeks. It's one thing to be dreaming this up in your head - where it's virtually vivid. But the real magic happens when you can actually see the visions in front of you - for real!
Going to keep this post short. We have another session coming up in a few days, and I want to come away with this session in agreement that the narrative is done so we can focus on the next phases. Always good to see progress being made regardless.
Thanks again for your support!
- 09 February 2014 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
I keep expecting some little hiccup along the way during the creation of Mary Magdalene, but so far I keep saying how I have never worked on a project that was so productive so fast. We are now more than half-way through the narrative of the story and from Dr. Gage's perspective, we are still right in line with scripture. I keep thinking that we're going to have to do something to add to the story to spice it up a bit - make it more entertaining. But honestly, the actual story is so very interesting and entertaining by itself. When we are all done with the narrative, we will look it over and see if it needs anything - but only as long as it doesn't take away from the truth. There are some things that can be assumed based on scripture, but it's best not to guess at things. But that doesn't mean you still don't get creative. Mary was healed of 7 demons according to the gospels, but it doesn't give any details of what took place there. But there is enough in the Bible about other exorcisms that Jesus performed for us to get creative enough to tell that part of the story. And what's being told is probably the most riveting part of the movie.
I have no doubt that there will be problems during the production - there always are - so I'm a realist. However, I have nothing to complain about with the start of this production. We probably have about another week or so on the narrative. After that we are going to work on some concept art and begin the musical score by a well-known Grammy Award winning artist. We won't want to give too much away to the public, but we'll reveal what we can to all the zonuts out there. After all - you guys deserve it :)
- 04 February 2014 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
I guess when you get inspired to write, there is no stopping you. Session #4 was just like the first 3 - extremely productive. Only this time, the vision was revealed for the opening 4 minutes of the movie. I really can't explain it - but the visions of every second of the film was so vivid in my head that it was like I was watching the completed version. I usually don't work this way - trying to write down the action and camera movements and all visuals as we are writing the narrative - but I couldn't stop what I was seeing. And so, when our session started, I just had to walk everyone through it as I was seeing it. My biggest fear was that, some of the events would not be Biblically accurate or the timing would be off or something. But in the end, it got the blessing of Dr. Gage. I know we can nail this and we have to pull it off exactly as I'm seeing it. If we do - then this is going to be spectacular.
Sam and Kendell have had great input too and I'm so proud of this team for pushing this in the direction that it's heading. Before this session, I was thinking that the scene where Mary is cured of her 7 demons from Christ would be a scene that we could cut. After all, there is no description in the Bible about how that looked or what took place. Only a mention that it happened. However, after Sam's input and a suggestion by both Kendell and Dr. Gage, I think we found a way to make that moment so powerful, that it has to be in there - it might be one of the most powerful scenes in the film, so there is no way it's getting cut. And that's why these creative writing sessions are so important. You never know what's going to come from them. In this case, it might just be the highlight of this project.