ORANGE GIRL: Meeting about 1st script draft issues

Today, me and Jonas met for the first time after he finished the first draft of the script and since the overall result of it was not something I felt right to the storyline, we wanted to discuss it before we had a meeting with Helen, later in the day.

The issues I had with this draft of the script were that not only did the script not make sense with what we’ve been discussing prior but also we it lacked the climax (being the secret that Aiste shares with Jonas) as well as it sounding more like a drama than a documentary.

During the meeting I laid out again and more firmly what I felt the script had it wrong and what was lacking and managed to explain my point of view on it and what I felt needed to be changed and/or improved on.

Jonas obviously defended his script but also understood where I was coming from.

The issue that we are now facing goes again back to the ethics that revolves around having someone, this being Aiste, discussing their on-going and still very present issue of possessing and suffering from an eating disorder.

Jonas tells me she might not feel comfortable having that being discussed with him let alone on film, which raises the issue of that being an integral part of the documentary in and of itself.

So, my idea is to have a back plan on what we can use as a replacement in the storyline that will help us when we are on location shooting the film.

After we meet Helen, later today, I’ll blog about her thoughts and the feedback we get to effectively do these changes in the best way possible.

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ORANGE GIRL: 1st script draft + potential sound operator

I’ve been discussing with Jonas, for a while, the notion of how we wanted our story to be presented on screen. This is something that’s been discussed thoroughly throughout the various meeting we’ve had thus far.

And because there are so many ways the story could be told, as soon as we decided on whose point of view it would be told through, slowly the rest started to fall into place.

We knew we wanted it to be told through Jonas’ POV, to have various archival material (photographs/videos of Aiste, home movies of hers, video recordings of both of them together, etc), to shoot in Lithuania where they met, and for their relationship to be showcased in all its truthfulness.

So from there, I gave Jonas the deadline of sending me until tonight the 1st script draft, so we could decide together if this was the way we wanted the story to go or if we needed to have some changes on how it should be told.

I have also been on the hunt of a really good sound operator to come on this journey with us and initially Peter Williams showed a big interest in the project but later, me and him discovered that his schedule was incompatible with the time we planned on filming so he advised me Martin (from the loan store) as a replacement.

We exchanged a few emails and he is quite keen to be part of this project as well and the only potential issue that he’s facing is the need to find someone who can do his shift during our week of shooting, so he can commit to us fully.

I gave him until the end of next week, to tell me if he is able to be part of this project. If not, I am moving to plan B.

BAD COFFEE: Crowdfunding ideas + 4th script draft

Today I had a meeting with Andrija, my director, as I wanted to discuss the possibility of enhancing our idea of doing crowdfunding for our film with the addition of a ‘fan-made’ trailer (if you will), of how we envision the story to be.

This idea came after yesterday’s crowdfunding workshop where it was introduced to our entire class, the MDX Crowdfunding platform and how we can use it to reach not only students from our course, but the entire university body along with potential alumni.

This peaked my interest, as we need all the help we can get!

So, I discussed with her the idea of creating a trailer where we could used clips of different films and TV shows where we could introduce the characters of Tuck and Ashley (through the use of other characters of other film/TV series) and showcase their relationship, how it evolves and eventually disintegrates. This could peak not only the audience’s interest but also make them eager to participate, in whatever way possible, in helping this film come to life.

I then enlisted this assignment to Andrija and Mariana, the editor, to have it done in a week’s time – 4th December.

Plus, we already have a 4th draft of the script.

BAD COFFEE: 2nd draft script

Yesterday I had my second meeting with Andrija in regards to the 1st draft script we worked, that I mentioned in the last post, and it was an insightful two and a half hours just running by the script and seeing what could/needed to be changed and what was good and we wanted to keep.

At first, me and Andrija had different views on what should be changed from the script as she was very attached to the original story that her writer came up with but bit by bit we came to an understanding and realized that there were some parts that could be optimized and enhanced.

This was already the 2nd draft we were looking at and the parts that still were a bit of an issue to me were the scenes, right at the beginning and then is a recurrence throughout it, where Tuck is still seen talking to herself. I’ve always felt that if we were to showcase her doing that, then the tone of the film would already be set from the get go and Tuck would either be seen as someone who suffers from a mental disorder or that the audience would quite easily later on realize that she should actually be talking to Ashley. And that is something I felt needed to be “under wraps”, so to speak, for a little while longer to leave the audience wondering for just a little while longer!

The next thing that we eventually had to come to a consensus was that Andrija wanted, very much so, to keep in the story the location of the coffee shop as she felt it was fundamental to the story and good break in between the other locations used. Whereas I felt, at the start, that we could easily change that location and make the actions that happen there, happen at Tuck’s house.

But the settlement we found is that we nearly eliminate all of the “walking path” scenes, leaving it to just one in the whole story, which overall minimizes the amount of locations we’d need in the script and would give us some extra time that we could spend on any of the other locations.

Another issue we tackled was that in this new draft, more characters were introduced which again I felt like it would just take away from Tuck and Ashley’s storyline so we managed to cut them down a bit.

As of right now, our new updated of the script are very exciting and we both are liking where the story is headed!

Lamentation: Music composer

Hello!

Today me and Alex met up with our potential music composer, Josiah, who is also a student in the BA Music course in our university.

The interview itself, that I organized, served as a way for Josiah and Alex to meet so that Alex could explain to him his vision of what he wanted the score to be since our film is emotionally heavy and has no dialogue. I was there for the beginning part of it but soon had to leave to go to work, but from what Alex told me, they discussed through ideas that each of them had in regards to how the theme of the score should be.

How I discovered Josiah is a very funny and unusual story since we met one late night in the library after he approached me and a friend of mine, when we were talking about our future projects, and asked if we could give answer a questionnaire that he needs for his dissertation. We just stroke up a conversation and after he said that he was majoring in music production and that he was a composer, I just felt like I stuck a complete and utter gold mine!

And this was an actual great touch of luck because, a couple of days later, Alex told me that his friend who was our original composer said he couldn’t do our film because of his schedule, so thank God for random encounters with music students in the library at 11pm!

Lamentation: Rough cut screening!

Hello!

Today we had the rough cut screening of our film “Lamentation”.

This means that we presented the film already with it’s organized sequence but without any music or colour grade.

I was more anxious than nervous as I always am right before presenting and showcasing any of my projects because they are all so personal and intimate that when I have to present to any type of audience, it’s always difficult because then the criticism rolls in. I enjoy criticism but it’s always hard no matter what.

So as our film started to be showcased, and because our film has no dialogue, the silence was all that could be heard in the room during nearly 10 minutes.

I couldn’t stop smiling at the screen because I was so proud, not only of myself, but everyone that was involved in making the movie what it is today.

When the film ended, everyone started clapping and I couldn’t stop the stupid smile in my face!

Right off the bat, our teacher asked what everyone thought of it and one of my classmates immediately said “I liked it!” and that just set the tone for the rest of the feedback session.

The criticism we received was that it felt like the climax of the film happened too quickly and that after that, the story just seemed to mellow out a bit. The suggestions to resolve that were to maybe re-edit it in a way where the climax would happen later in the story instead of where it is now.

And the good feedback we received was that our actor, David, transmitted emotions well; the choice in locations was good as well as the props.

I couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished.

Casting Director (again): Emily

Hello!

So today I was Casting Director yet again for another film project also tilted “Emily” but this one is directed by Patricia Musakanya and produced by Amnah Pervaiz.

I arrived a few hours after their auditions had already begun as I had work to do beforehand but arrived at a good time because we ended up having the bulk of the auditions all on that day.

My role was to serve as both a Casting Director, where I would offer my opinion on each actor that would come in and audition as well as being Camera Operator, since I would film each and every audition.

It was a lovely day as I got be a part of an audition process that involved children as I have never worked with children in any of my films before and it was a learning curve for me.

Patricia worked well in giving direction to each child which lead them to give their best performance when the audition time came.

I’d say we audition around 15 children that apart from all the potential mothers that also came in. At one point I had to do a cold reading of the script as the child actor, on site, didn’t have a potential mother actress to act alongside her. It wasn’t the most enjoyable for me but it served the purpose.

Overall, it was a good experience as I got to help in obtaining the best possible auditions, being in control of the camera, as well as meeting a lot of potential young talent that I might want to work with one day.