the journey

summary

I am always fascinated and inspired by the process used by the artist who breaks through and does something worthy of attention: how they find their way around the typical roadblocks and challenges, how they work to innovate and create something original that re-engages us, and how they go against the convention or formula not to be rebellious but simply because it doesn’t serve them. They are willing to try new things and they are willing to fail to see what new discoveries can be made. In short, they are artists as opposed to craftsmen who follow the conventions of their medium.

This project demands that we be artists because we simply can’t afford the conventions of big commercial film production. At the top of our artistic approach is how we will deal with the shortness of time to execute the project successfully. We will have to find ways to speed up the entire creative process. We cannot languish in things that are not working, not because they don’t have value, but because we just don’t have the time to work through them. So we must continually be flexible and open to letting things go that eat up time – even things we love and have become attached to. Creative decisions must always consider the time required to execute them. For example, if it takes too long to flesh out a character, then we must choose a different character.

This project will require us to redefine the process to truly serve us. For example, what exactly do we expect to gain from improvisations? How can we run improvisations and rehearsals so that they produce the most fruit? Answering questions like these will help us cut down the time it takes to achieve good results.

- january 2018

AUDITIONS

• Hold auditions and hire the best seven actors. They must be able to meet once a week for an intense two hours until the project is done.

- february 2018

CHARACTER CHOICES

• Each actor comes up with their character in consult with Oliver. Flexibility is vital. Characters must first and foremost be chosen based on the actor having the ability to play them truthfully and with the minimum of effort. False characterizations will be the death of the project. Second, characters must have a place in the story. I expect that just about any group of characters can come together for a compelling story but there may be the case where you will have to change your character to work with the piece. Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility.

- february/march 2018

IMPROVISATIONS and STORY MAPPING

• Begin improvisations to discover character relationships, story points, and events and make characters more specific to the situations.
• Start mapping out the sequence of interactions from beginning to end.
• Start hiring key creatives.

- march/april 2018

SCENE DEVELOPMENT

• Start running scenes of those interactions and record the dialogue on audio only.
• Start picking out dialogue and identifying the twist and turns of the scene.
• Shoot video of rehearsals and interview with actors and key creatives for Indiegogo campaign.

- april/may 2018

REHEARSALS and SCREENPLAY (first draft)

• Continue rehearsals and complete first draft.

- june 2018

REHEARSALS of SCRIPTED SCENES

• Final rewrites.

- july/august 2018

SHOOT SAMPLE SCENES

• Shoot sample scenes for fundraising.

- september/october/november 2018

BUILD FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

• Choose fundraising sources.
• Build Indiegogo campaign.

- february 2019

LAUNCH INDIEGOGO

• Launch Indiegogo.
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