Saturday, February 18, 2012

DJ Movie Progress Report

Well, the first draft of the DJ movie is officially complete! It clocks in at 100 pages exactly. Act 1 is about 26 pages, Act 2 is about 54, and Act 3 is about 20. It still needs a lot of work and I'll be revising it for the next few weeks, but I'm just excited that I got it done (and ahead of schedule, too! The screenwriting class hasn't even finished writing the first act yet!).

I know that there will be a lot of revising going on, and I knew that going on. See, one of the issues I have is finishing things I start. So I set about writing to get to the end, making sure all the important plot pieces were in place, and focusing less on the littler things. Now that it's done, it's much less of a commitment to revise, plus I get help.

So the plan from here is to take a couple days off from the script so that when I go back to look at it the material seems fresh to me. That will give me a better perspective on what needs to be revised. In the meantime, I plan to ask a couple close friends to read it and give constructive criticism on what they feel needs to be revised. I've read that you shouldn't let people read your first draft, but I feel that collaboration is really important, and that people can bring new insight and a new perspective to the table.

I'll take their suggestions and my own suggestions and set about revising the script. I imagine that it will get a little longer as I revise it, but at the same time the scenes themselves will get more concise. One the second draft is done I'll let other people read it to give their feedback, and hopefully the script will be a little more coherent at that point.

So bam! See, even though I haven't been updating this blog recently I've been working hard on this script, and I'm really excited to see where the project goes from here. Stay tuned for more updates!

And for those who say, "Pics or it didn't happen..."

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