Friday, August 08, 2008

WOMWIP

I've coined this fabulous new word to use when people ask what I've been doing. 'Working on my work in progress' is what it means.

Now, I don't want this blog to be a catalogue of excuses for lack of effort, but along with womwip (22,000 and counting!) Dull But Paying Work has been putting the pressure on. In a reasonably exciting way, because I've written a script for a short corporate film and the company loves it. Spent yesterday with the client and film crew in a production meeting and doing a photo shoot, plus some background footage. They want me to be involved in the filming process, not something that always happens when you're just the writer. Often the director disappears with the script and returns with something unrecognisable. 'Oh, we just changed a few things.' Gee, thanks. This time I will get to support the creation of my vision, yippee.

The interesting thing from a writing perspective was that during the meeting yesterday, I noticed some things in the script that I hadn't noticed when I was writing. Good things. For example, the way that my use of negative stock footage at the beginning was balanced out by positive stock footage at the end. It reinforces the message of the script in a fairly subtle way, plus the two sections also work as a fantastic structural device - great idea, wish I'd thought of it. But apparently I did. It's all in there and my head was the only one that it came out of.

Weird. Does that happen to you when you're writing?

8 comments:

laughingwolf said...

grats on the wee script... that's how it starts!

and yeah, the 'director' is the 'auteur', and nearly always the writer is useless scum, something you scrape off the bottom of your shoe before entering a room grrrrr

Whirlochre said...

Sounds like you're having a fun adventure.

As for the delivery of unplanned gifts, the best my brain has managed in the past few days has been a cheese sandwich — but I'm working on it.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Wonderful fun going on down under!

My gifts are all the subtle foreshadowing of events I didn't know were going to happen.

It's especially noticeable when my characters run off with the story and things happen that weren't remotely possible in the story prior to the coup. But the foreshadowing is there.

Conduit said...

I think most writers are familiar with the phenomenon of the brain pooping out something unexpected out, and also how people will interpret what you've written in ways you never intended.

We don't often get such wonderful examples as yours, though. :)

laughingwolf said...

come get your award....

ChrisEldin said...

Congratulations!!! This is awesome!! Will you be able to upload the footage to YouTube and share with your fanbase over here?
:-)

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I love with the brain spits out something brilliant. It's so rare I have to have a party when it happens.

writtenwyrdd said...

The subconscious does crazy-wonderful things if you let it.