School was back in session today, which let me get back to work on LUCY.
The first act is slowly coming together, emphasis on ‘slowly’.
My problem seems to be trying to fit scenes into the standard form. And that might not work for this.
I’m concerned I’m throwing too much action at the viewer, rather than setting everything up so it can be paid off later. Take RAIDERS, for example. The opening sequence shows Indy in his element and all his expertise (and quite well, I might add). Then we go to the college to show him in another element, followed by the expository scene where he (and we) learn about the Ark from the G-men.
Maybe part of my problem is I feel married to my original plot points and am trying to shoehorn everything in to make it fit, rather than be willing to bend a little and try to flesh out the story.
And I don’t have to do that. For now, the plot points are guidelines and NOT written in stone. While I like the way the story is developing, it really feels like it needs more set-up and less “hey, check this out!”
It seems a bit daunting right now, but I bet the more I work on it, it’ll come together a little easier. At least, I hope that’s what’ll happen.
Movie of the Moment: I don’t remember how it popped into my Netflix queue, but there’s this British pseudo-holiday miniseries called HOGFATHER from author Terry Pratchett. It’s kind of an alternate universe where the Santa-like Hogfather is missing (possibly dead?), and Death takes over the job, while an aspiring assassin tries to off the aforementioned Hogfather. It’s a mash-up of Dickens, fairy tales, Monty Python and Hitchcock. It’s better than I expected.
I started watching it by myself, but V was intrigued and sat down about 20 minutes in. She was quite mesmerized and we watched the rest of part 1 together. We’ll see how it goes for part 2 tomorrow.