Got to page 6, followed by the realization that scenes I had designated in the outline as, say half a page, were turning out more like three-quarters to almost a whole page. This could put a serious dent in my plan to fit the next 5 scenes into the next 4 pages. I suspect I’ll have some serious editing to do. I hope I don’t have to cut scenes, but if I do, so be it.
-Since Netflix drastically raised their rates, we’ve gone to the 1-disc/unlimited streaming plan. It’ll take some getting used to, since it was nice being able to finish one disc, send it back, watch the next one the next day, then get the first one’s replacement the day after that. Now we send it back, then deal with the 2-day gap.
I suspect I’ll watch more TV series via streaming since that appears to be an easier option.
On a whim, we checked out an episode of the old Spider-Man cartoon from the 60s. While the animation is still pretty simple, the colors looked brand spanking new. Really bold and vibrant.
This may finally be the kick in the pants I need to finally check out Battlestar Galactica.
Except for the very last scene, I’ve made it through a revamped outline of Act One. I know I’ve said this before, but the scenes really do seem to move along at a somewhat brisker pace. I also noticed how a lot of extra, unnecessary action has been cut.
There’s always this feeling of…accomplishment when I rewrite something in a completely different way. Not only does it still work, but it works better. That’s kind of how it feels with this.
The goal now is to get the actual pages done, which may not take as long as I think. At least that’s how it seems.
Since I’m working extended shifts this week and next, my “get it done at work” mode has been severely inhibited. I’ll try to make some progress with tightening things up for at least the first half of Act Two during that time. My editing hat sits at the ready.
-Movie of the Moment – MY ONE AND ONLY, a drama about well-tanned actor George Hamilton’s mother, before he was famous. K put this on our Netflix queue, but I had heard about it. Renee Zellweger plays the lead, and does a formidable job portraying a beautiful woman past her prime who leaves her philandering bandleader husband (played by a leathery-faced Kevin Bacon), and takes her two teenage sons across the country, looking for a husband, or at least somebody to support her financially.
For such a specific story that you know has a happy ending (George becomes an actor), it was the literal journey the characters took that was so interesting. For the most part, they work their way west from New York to Los Angeles, stopping wherever there may be a chance for help. Throughout it all, Zellweger keeps the mother’s attitude positive, despite the obviousness of how desperate she’s becoming. It was nice to see her really work her acting muscles.
Although this looked like a small production, there were several well-known actors in small parts, primarily those of the mother’s potential suitors. Even more interestingly, the real George Hamilton never appears whatsoever. But there is a line of dialogue soon after they get to LA where George is told to get to the beach and get some sun because he’s so pale. I couldn’t help but wonder if that was intentional.