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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.

Until next week...

You know, one of the greatest joys I have in working in this industry is collaborating with creative people. I get really excited when ideas from one person become greater ideas because of other people‘s input. Going into this project, I had no idea what it was going to be like working with Lacey. I didn’t know whether I was going to have to carry the heavy load, or whether she would be controlling the whole situation (since this is her story), and I didn’t know how much input, if any, Josh would have. But let me tell you, this has been an absolute joy to work with this couple. And I know I've said this before, but this has been a true collaborative effort. Everybody has something to bring to the table and I have really enjoyed this journey so far.

Schedules were once again very tight this week but we were all able to get together and had what I would call a very, very productive meeting. A lot of creative ideas that were a little up in the air became defined. We figured that some other scenes needed a rewrite. And even thought to add yet another scene that was pretty instrumental to the story. So overall, very good meeting.

I’m up to about page 65 in the script which might not sound like it was as productive as the first week, however I had to go back and re-write a few scenes based on our discussions at our last meeting. But I still think for we are in really good shape for where I anticipated we should be by now. We have one little problem that’s actually a good thing. We have way too much story to fit into a feature length film. I would much rather have that issue than not enough story.

A lot of times as you are writing a script, you need to pay attention to a balance of emotions and moods that the scenes take on and what the viewing audience experiences. This often leads to trying to create scenes to break up moods that carry on for too long in the film. However, so far there is a great mix and a great balance with this story as it is. As it stands right now, I’m not seeing anywhere that we need to shift things around so that we’re not stuck in a pattern of emotions that are just lingering too long. And that again is a good thing.

There are going to be some challenges on executing this script as it is written when it comes time for production. However, that’s very typical of any script. You kind of just have to write the best story you can and then deal with the logistics afterwards. But if there are no challenges going from script to screen then you probably didn’t make the story interesting enough or you might not have put enough thought into the journey of the main characters through the movie. So I'm not worried about this.

So as you can see, things are going great and I can’t wait to see what this next week brings.

Until next time…

Great progress was made on the script writing this first week. Based on the notes that were taken while putting the story together, I'm estimating that I should be able to write between 130-150 pages initially. But this is way too long. On average, 1 page of script equals about 1 minute of dialogue/action on the screen. And for a movie such as this, a good target would be to come in around 1 Hour and 50 minutes in final, edited length. So that's about 110-115 pages. So even when the first draft is done, you can see that there is a lot of content that will have to be trimmed to get to that target time. But when you set out to write a first draft, you're not too worried about how many pages you will initially write, unless you are falling very short of your mark. Then you need to get creative to create extra content to get you to the mark. Don't think that will be an issue here.

The goal was to get this first draft done by the end of August, which was seven weeks of writing. That averages about 22 pages per week. My aggressive goal was to do between 25-30 per week. That's in case some weeks were lighter than others. Well, this first week I was able to crank out 40 pages! The scenes were really flowing together, and I was really pleased with the progress. Although I know not everything I'm writing is going to be in the final script, I think there is a lot of great stuff here that will remain. But the main goal of this task is to put the whole story that we just created into a script that makes sense from a movie perspective (which is very different than writing a book).

This doesn't mean that every week will have the same success. I pray that it does. But it does make me very optimistic about getting this done on time, and perhaps a little earlier than anticipated. Which would be great because then we can get into rewrites a lot earlier too.

So that's about all for this week. Just please keep praying that the visions for this story keep coming to me and that I'm able to capture it just right and do it great justice. I appreciate all of the wonderful messages that have been sent my way in regards to this movie, and I especially appreciate the prayers you have been offering up. Don't stop!! :)

Until next week...

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