James arrived at 8pm last night. We stocked up on pizza and coke, then hit the keyboard in our quest to produce the final draft of the script: draft seven. We finished shortly before two o’clock this morning.
The opening scene and the middle action sequence received extensive rewrites, in a bid to differentiate them more from other action sequences in the script. Other than that, our work consisted primarily of tweaking stage directions and changing the phrasing of the odd line. We also found ourselves cutting a fair number of lines, realising that a simple look on the face of the actor could communicate the point without making it explicit through dialogue, We’ve also enhanced the character arcs of Luca and Gary, just by adding the odd phrase or stage direction here and there.
The script now clocks in at a lean 85 pages, and with this firmed up we can proceed to go through it with crew members such as Cat (locations) and Jenni (props) and really start to get stuff sorted.