It was very useful attending both writing and acting classes yesterday. I learned a lot. I think. Attending acting class also makes me write my screenplay better. When I know what actors want to achieve in a given scene, what and how they do physically or psychologically to achieve that, and all of many other things that actors do and react to the other characters, I can then aim to write my script the way that actors would best understand my vision and what it is I want them to create. I just discovered yesterday while I was in the acting class that it was also beneficial to my writing.
After the acting class, I continued to writing class. It wasn’t a real writing class. It’s just a class that writers and actors meet to read the scripts together and give each other some critiques what need to be improved, removed, added, altered, and so on. It was really helpful, indeed. I brought the first 10-page of my screenplay with me, to give out to actors and writers to read out loud. After that they gave me some constructive feedback. It was very valuable. Now I know what I have to remove from my script, what to add, make some adjustment that will make my screenplay a good read and a good script as much as possible. I wouldn’t be able to know all that if no-one reads my script and gives me the fruitful comment.
And when the actors read my script I know what certain characters in my screenplay sound like when they are actually being performed. So, it gives me so much insight in that respect as well. I couldn’t be more happy that I attended the class. It was definitely the right thing to do. I thought my first 10-page was perfect. But after yesterday, I gained more understanding of it that there are some elements that need to be fine-tuned.
I can’t say that much about the plot until the script is done and being made into a movie. But, I can say one thing: It will be a very unique story, cinematic, maybe a bit controversial, and similar. It’s a very bold screenplay which is a risk I take, but for a good reason. My goal is to bring something new into British film industry. Something no-one, perhaps, has never done before.
Below is just a short scene from my script:
Back home again. Now, I will go crazy with my screenplay. I am quite busy with lots of things at the moment. But one thing for certain, I have to finish my script asap! I’m getting there. I will try to finish Act 1 as quickly as possible. So tonight, although I’m a bit tired, but I will try to continue to work on Act 1. Even just for 1 hour, it’s better than nothing. I have at least made some progress towards my goal before I go to bed. A small growth is better than no advancement at all. And breaking it into small chunks seems to work for me. Before I know it, I may even have a finished script in my hand already.
It looks pretty good. I think. And I can reveal a little bit: I am not the protagonist in my upcoming drama feature film. I am just one of the main characters. As I said before, this movie isn’t about me. But about some people I know very well. So, there is still a personal attachment to it. And that’s why I can just keep going – never lose the enthusiasm. Because, I want to tell this story so badly.
Sometimes while I’m writing I have to stop and replay everything in my head scene by scene all over again and again because I know everything about it. If I can see my own screenplay as a movie in my head then it just makes my writing flow more smoothly and more cinematically. Then I just transfer it to paper and make the readers see it as a movie as well when they read my screenplay. So, I try to achieve that. When I’m done with my script I will find someone or some people I can trust to read it and give me some feedback.
This is going to be interesting and challenging, making the readers easily visualise the film as they read the screenplay. If I can do that then my script is a success. That’s why I work so hard day & night on my screenplay to achieve that. I never get tired of it. As soon as the sun comes up I jump out of bed, make my coffee, and start writing straight away. I just have a good feeling about it. That it is going to be a good manuscript, exciting, interesting, unique, etc. Seeing the story come to life is one of my motivations to completing the screenplay as soon as I can.
I have a busy day today. Just got home and had my lunch, actually breakfast. Then, I am on my way out again for another production I am working on at the moment. It starts getting cold now and snow and all that. Well, maybe not too bad. Winter here is like summer or spring in Denmark which is good for me.
I will relax a little bit before I go out again. Then I also have some monologues I have to prepare for new auditions. But if I had nothing to do tomorrow, I would try to finish the Act 1 of my screenplay. After coming home tonight, I will work a little bit more on it.
Then this weekend, I will clean my studio and throw some old clothes away. I like throwing old stuff away once in a while, to clear my home & my soul. I just put them in a bin bag and go give them to a charity shop. Yes, if your home is messy you can’t think clearly either. It just blocks your productivity. And that’s why I try to keep my flat fairly spartan. What I have in my home is what I really need. Things I no longer need I get rid of them. If I do need them later on I will acquire them again, it’s as simple as that.
After cleaning my studio, I may even buy some flowers for my flat, to add some freshness to it, something beautiful to look at, to feed my soul and to increase my creativity.
Now I will get ready to go out again. I hope, it’s going to be a fun day. I look forward to it.
I have been quite busy this week. So I haven’t got the chance to finish my screenplay. Luckily, I am free this weekend. I can then try to complete my screenplay, or get as much done as possible. As I said before, I am done with Act 1. But after analysing my script or just reading through it, I could see that some scenes, actors, and locations, do not need to be in the script. It’s just too much. It really helped that I stopped and analysed Act 1 first before I moved on to Act 2. Then, I can subtract or add something that makes sense to the plot. Something that doesn’t need to be there, I get rid of it. It would give me more job and headache if I finished the whole screenplay already then I had to subtract and add something, afterwards. That’s about 120 pages I have to go through, which is a lot of work. So, I realised, stopping and analysing after Act 1 is the best thing to do. Now, after I have removed some characters, locations, and scenes, my script looks more lean, easy to read, and it’s also easier for me to make the film myself in terms of budget. This weekend, I will spend the time to rewrite Act 1. Well, not exactly. It’s more like removing something because I have finished Act 1 already. It’s more like: what do I need to take away and the whole plot still makes sense? I don’t even have to wait for tomorrow. I will do it now. After the revision of Act 1, I then can move on to Act 2. I get so excited thinking about my screenplay, so I can’t wait for tomorrow. Why wait for tomorrow when I can do it now?
Today I make a video to talk about my drama screenplay, which I will probably make a movie out of it myself. I just wait and see when I am done with the script how I will take it from there. This video I just make it as a warmup, to begin to talk about my upcoming filmmaking project, finally. I may make new videos later on, talking about my filmmaking project, screenplay, and story, in more details.
I make it! I have just finished Act 1 of my screenplay. When I write and write without stopping to correct the grammar and to analyse the plot I tend to write faster. Tomorrow, I will continue to Act 2. But not the whole Act 2. Just 50% of it which is about 25 pages again. And I will not stop to revise the script. I will just keep on going, till I have written 25 pages. Then, 50% of my screenplay is already done. Then the day after tomorrow, another 25-page. Then, 75% of it is also done. But who knows, if I could I would try to write 50 pages tomorrow. I plan to attend acting class tomorrow. I may skip it, then. I think, I will do that. Finishing my screenplay is more important right now. I am so happy. Not long from now, I will have my first feature-length screenplay ready. This is my motivation, to have my first feature-length script written by myself. I think, it will be an indescribable moment for me when it actually happens.
Now, I will celebrate it with a glass of milk before I go to bed.
Yesterday, I had made an outline of every scene to about 100 pages of my screenplay. I just wrote and wrote whatever came to my mind. Or whatever I could remember since it’s inspired by a true story. It’s not about the correct grammar and good plot at the first phase. It’s about making it to FADE OUT. So when I have made an outline of everything till page 100 or something that’s a good start. If I stopped to wonder what if the whole thing didn’t make sense and the grammar was horrible I might never make it to the end. So I just kept on going. And I did make it to about 100 pages. It’s such a relief.
I did try to finish Act 1 yesterday, but only made it to page 14 or 15. I did write to page 10 or so some days ago. But then, I analysed it and corrected the grammar yesterday which delayed my writing process. And that’s why I could only write 4-5 more pages from the 10 pages yesterday. I also had lots of things to do, such as making self tape auditions, reading the scripts from others to prepare myself for the filming. Yes, I have lots of filming coming up this year. So, there are lots of screenplays to be read all of the sudden. I also attend acting class, which I also need to practise for the workshop as well.
So, it’s not easy to both be a writer and an actress. Especially, it’s my first time trying to finish a feature-length screenplay. I haven’t written that many scripts, yet. So, there are still lots of things to be learned for a new writer like me. I also love reading. I try to finish reading the novels I have bought which I haven’t had time to read them all to the last page. I will try to allocate a few hours or so each day to read books.
The best thing is that I have made an outline of my screenplay to page 100 or so. And plus, I have also written a summary of it. So I know what my story is about exactly and what are the major scenes in it. I don’t want to write a treatment. But now that I have a 100-page outline, I may write a treatment anyway because it’s easier after the outline. But today, I will try to write 10 more pages. Then I will have completed Act 1.
But I’m not sure if I will stop and analyse and correct the grammar after Act 1?, or just continue to write it to FADE OUT? Then I can revise it later when everything is done. Then I don’t have to worry about I still have lots and lots of pages to accomplish. An absolute, crude script is better than no script at all.
I may decide to make the movie out of my own screenplay, once I’m done with the script. So I try to write a low-budget feature film as much as I can.
If I get stuck on words I listen to music, to free my mind. Don’t underestimate the power of music. I was so tired before after dinner and after watching a film. Then I listened to music, afterwards. Now, I’m ready to continue to work on my screenplay. The music really tops up my energy. I will work on my script again, until I get tired and go to bed. Music also inspires me, to come up with new ideas, new perspectives, and more. I will not go mad with my screenplay. I will work with it bit by bit. I have now finished the first 12 pages. Then tomorrow, I hope I can write 13 more pages, to finish act 1. It can be challenging, writing my first spec script. But I enjoy every step of it because I love writing. Let’s see how far I can go with my screenplay tonight.
Tonight, I will just work more on the characters. I will take my time to develop each main character, getting to know them better individually, so that I can write about them more realistically. I think when I know my characters so well I can create a compelling plot more easily. Then, I will finish my script faster. I don’t know yet. If it will work. But, I just have to try. It just makes sense, though. If I don’t know what my characters want, what makes them tick, how they see the world, the environment they live in and the influence it has on them, and so on, how am I going to make people care about my screenplay? So when I take all of these things into consideration I know I have to work more on the characters.
I am in the mood for finishing act 1 of my screenplay today. I intended to only write the first 10 pages, but I wrote and wrote on Friday and Saturday last week up to page 12 or 13 anyhow. That’s almost half of the 1 act already which is about 25 pages. I have written half of the 1 act so far. Why not complete it anyway, then? And it would give me a real good sense of the 1 act and how the story would unfold from there. The inciting incident kicks off in act 1 and act 2 begins: the new world.
But I have lots of things to do, including do some shopping. I can’t order grocery online either. There will be no delivery until this Friday everywhere. Maybe I haven’t checked EVERYWHERE, yet. Anyway, I must go out and do some shopping now to get it out of the way. And tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, everything will be closed. So I have no choice but to do some shopping today. And by the time I get back home again, my energy to write may not be at the top as it is now.
I will maybe just go out very quickly and buy anything that I can eat for 3-4 days, just to survive. Then order the grocery online today, to be delivered on Friday. Then I don’t have to spend too much time in the supermarket. Then I will quickly be home again to start writing and finishing act 1, hopefully. I think, I will do that.
I will try to write the first 10 pages of my screenplay today. Ideally, I should start working on my script right when I got up this morning when my mind was still crystal clear. But because I had lots of things to do. So, I must prioritise my tasks and did what were more important first. I also have a cold, which I fight really hard to get well as soon as possible since I can’t afford to be sick. So I drink lots of tea, water, and take some medicine for the cold. It does help to some extent. Now, I feel much better. Just not quite. I will not begin to practise my monologues today. I will wait and see tomorrow first since the cold has affected my voice to some degree. So my voice doesn’t sound that good at the moment.
I wanted to complete the first 10 pages of my screenplay yesterday. But because I was so sick, so I couldn’t concentrate. Since I feel much better today, I will try to complete the first 10 pages today. Just write and write. Then, I will re-read and edit the grammar tomorrow. Today is about getting the first 10 pages done.
The video below is not the feature film that I am writing the manuscript for it at the moment. It’s a sci-fi horror film. The script I am working on now is a drama. I just feel so strongly about it, which makes me want to write this drama feature-length screenplay first. And I know the story so well that I almost don’t need to write an outline or a treatment for it. I just feel, it’s going to be a very interesting movie. Therefore I want to work on it first.
After the first 10 pages, I should have a pretty good sense of how I think it’s going to be: good or bad? If my instinct tells me this is going to be a very entertaining, sensational movie I will start planning the production process now, start promoting, getting fund, looking for cast & crew, and so on. I just can visualise it that this is a movie that is going to stand out. So I have to focus 100% on it, to really make it a movie to remember. I just have to trust myself that I can do it.
The story is already captivating. My job is to write a compelling plot, make a good movie out of it which can be very challenging, but I am very confident about that I can do it, get people to see it, and more.