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- 02 September 2019 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
I know I took another week off from blogging, but that doesn't mean things have been slow. In fact, the opposite. This has been a very busy last few weeks. The script was just about complete, but that was just from a story perspective. After taking a long hard look at how it was shaping up, I just had the notion that the story was there, but the format needed some work. So I kind of did a little re-set and since then, I feel as though the screenplay is on a much better path.
Does that mean that we had to scrap everything and start from scratch? Not in the least. In fact, it really helped to do this. I was able to keep much of what was written, re-wrote a bunch of things to make improvements, and added parts to strengthen the story. We had so much story to work with that this was easily turning into a 4 hour movie. And since we are not looking at creating the latest installment of Lord of the Rings, the story definitely needed to be trimmed. And re-shaping things had absolutely achieved that. We are still telling Lacey's story, but now we are more focused on the greatest parts of her story. Once again, i'm not going to divulge much more than that so we don't give away anything. But for those of you who aren't familiar with the writing process, this is on par for how it's done.
I'm very familiar with the fact that some people just write a story to get it out there in a timely manner, without much care about how good the story is. And that's where a lot of movies fall short. But we're all about making sure that this movie will be something that we are all 100% happy with before any production begins. We are not just looking at cranking out "a movie", we are interested in telling the best "Lacey Story" that we can tell. I can tell you that the process we are going through is probably going to continue until we get there. We know you are all in a hurry to go to the theaters, but we still have a ways to go. Even when the story is finished, there's still a lot of work to do before we start seeing this come to life. But I am confident in saying - you won't be disappointed when that happens.
So hang in there, and just enjoy the ride with us.
Until next time...
- 21 August 2019 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
Well, it's been a super busy last few weeks. Lacey, Josh and myself have not been able to meet due to scheduling conflicts, but we knew this would happen before we started. That doesn't mean that we are not progressing. We have been in communication and in fact, it looks like primary writing of the first draft could be completed as early as this week. But don't get too excited, we still have a lot of work to do in order to shape this script up into a screenplay that can be used to make the movie. So we still need your prayers that God continues to guide us to the finish line with the best story that we can tell that will do Lacey's story justice.
That being said, there is still some excitement about getting to this point. It's been a lot of writing. Without a doubt, the longest script I've ever written. So that also means that there is going to be a lot of tough decisions made in order to cut the script down to a usable feature-length film. And that's not going to be easy. But I'm confident it will get done soon. I know "soon" is ambiguous at best, but it's the best word I can offer up right now.
The biggest challenge to writing this story so far has been trying to make it different and getting creative with making it flow in a way that will keep the audience engaged. We set out to make sure that the story we tell will not be like other biopic movies that have been told. So it has to be creative, but the viewer has to also be able to follow the story and in the end, root for Lacey. But I've always said that I love a challenge. Succeeding will just mean that we have created something very special for people to enjoy as much as we will enjoy watching it when it's produced.
We have to work in-between some busy schedules again this week. But after 9 weeks we have made so much progress from putting the story together and writing the script that it just feels like a huge accomplishment. But we need you to hang in there a little while longer. Although I can't wait to write the words "The End" in the script, those words hardly signify that the work is over. In fact, that just signifies that we are about to begin the next phase.
Until next time...
- 05 August 2019 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
Changes, rewrites, additions. In the scriptwriting phase, these words can seem negative. Because it could mean that the writer was off the mark. But that's not how I see it. If the writer is off the mark, there would be only one word that would apply - DELETES. And so far, there has been no deleting to this point. Changes and rewrites just mean that the story is there, it just needed to be refined. And additions could mean many things. It could mean that some part of the story needed to be enhanced, or a part of the story needed to be bridged or it could mean that a part that you thought should be left out, now seems relevant to add back in.
We went through all of this over the last week and I have to say that as a result - the story got better. You can make changes for the sake of making changes. But the only real reason to make a change is to make something better, not just different. This week also saw a few breakthroughs with the scriptwriting process. Mainly in regards to how we move through this movie. How we tell Lacey's full story but in a timeframe that works with a feature film. Often times this means you have to get creative to work it all in. That's typically a challenge if you are telling a straight-forward Biopic movie. But I will tell you this much - this is not your straight forward Biopic movie. And because of that, we have to be a little extra creative to navigate through the years. So it's been challenging, but it's been a lot of fun.
90 pages into the story and there is so much more writing to do. But the direction this story is taking, I think the first pass of the script will be long, but it will be a good base for the story. What I mean by that is, the first draft is never "the story". It gets you from point A to point B and so on. It tells "A" story, not "THE" story. That comes with more Changes, rewrites and additions. And yes, at that point in time, it will include deletes as well. But only because the story will need trimmed down or because it's not needed to complete the story.
All this said, the scriptwriting is on schedule still and the deeper we get into this story, the more clear the picture is becoming to how this movie is flowing.
God is AWESOME!
Until next week...