Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pre-Production, Script Changes and You.

It’s been kind of an uneventful week movie wise. I actually wrote this blog out long hand in a spiral notebook on Huntington Beach. I’ve been breaking down and reworking the script a bit. The structure is pretty much locked, but I’m making character and dialog adjustments. 80% of the cast is locked, so I’m even tailoring a few of the parts to better-fit specific actors. I’m also prepping my 1st cast rehearsal, read though for Friday morning. Although it’s getting to be a big chore to get so large a cast together at the same time for a reading. But hey, we still have almost two months before the bulk of the shoot.

Most of the cast is super excited and willing to work in as much rehearsal time as possible. Now it’s just a matter of making the schedules work. It’s really cool to have the time to work on and explore the characters with actors who are excited to do so. Because of the ensemble nature of Monsters in the Woods this is especially important.

I had a very positive experience with the rehearsal period for my last flick, Trap and hope this one matches and exceeds it. Of course in Trap there were only 3 major roles. In Monsters in the Woods there are over a dozen speaking part. Yet another example of the intended scope of the picture.

I think I’m going to break down the remaining rehearsals into groups of 3 or 4, based on the amount of interactions characters have. I’m even planning to incorporate some auditions for the smaller roles into these rehearsals. Speaking of auditions, this is the 1st movie I’ve done to not have an official audition process. 95% of the cast are actors I’ve worked with before or know personally and am up on their work.

Well, I’m going to keep this short and get back to my relaxing day at the beach, before getting back to the grind tomorrow.


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