Monday, August 9, 2010

Fixing Production woes using the Script

So, we’ve shot a major sequence of Monsters in the Woods already. It was difficult to shoot and cost a good portion of the budget. An actor featured in said scene features prominently in several scenes that we are shooting in Big Bear in 3 weeks now has a major scheduling conflict and can’t make the Big Bear shoot. For several reasons the Big Bear dates cannot be changed. So we either, re-shoot the sequence in the can with a new actor (which we A: Can’t afford and B: like having this particular actor in the movie), shoot the big bear scenes with a stand-in, or make some creative script changes to compensate for the character’s absence in the Big Bear Scenes.

I’ve chosen the later. Luckily this particular character disappears anyway in the midst of the 1st act and doesn’t resurface until midway through the 2nd act. 90% of the Big Bear stuff takes place in the 1st act. However, there are still three major scenes that have to be shot there and feature the character in question.

In order to fix this, I’ve created a new character to shoulder the necessary dialog and action for those scenes and that lasts through the duration of the 1st act. Then the original character comes back as planned in the 2nd act.

Due to the non-tradition structure of the script (the 1st and 2nd acts take place concurrently), this plan actually works better than it sounds. It also gives me some space to create a new fun character for one of my favorite actors to play. Now I get to work with both actors and maintain the integrity of the script.

Another plus is the already meta nature of the script allows me to directly comment on the situation through this new character. Hell, the movie’s about the making of a micro-budget movie. So I just insert real circumstances and obstacles facing this very production into the narrative. It’s actually kind of fun. In the end, these “problems” end up creating a richer script and movie.


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