Monday, September 10, 2012

A Large Undertaking

About five years ago, I wrote a script that was essentially a parody of the VH1 series, Behind The Music. I drew from my own experiences as a musician, DJ and radio personality and ended up putting together a script that was proclaimed as hilarious by everyone who read it. I even tried to film some of it but the footage was nearly all unusable. So, the script sat in a folder in my desk for years until I happened to bring it along with several other scripts and half finished ideas to a local gathering of actors and writers.

I had been hoping to polish up a script I had that was essentially a serious look at a troubled man in a mental institution. It ended up bringing this normally jovial group down, especially since they had expected me to have something comedic. In order to redeem my clownish reputation, I showed everyone my old Behind The Music script and was encouraged to get out and bring it to life. After all, I had a group of actors at my disposal and the means to turn this vision into a reality.

So, for the past month, I have been doing exactly that. It has been incredibly difficult casting, filming and editing this piece. I'm used to coming up with an idea, shooting it and editing it within a few days. Here I am a month into this and I'm barely halfway done. I've filmed about a dozen bit parts and have about three more to fill. Adapting to the schedules of other people has been tough, and sifting through footage for "the" cut I want is even tougher. Along the way, I've worked with some amazingly talented people and have found enough inspiration to add some last minute jokes to the script. The ending is still somewhat up-in-the-air as I've never been 100% pleased with how I ended the story originally. So, it has been a good experience working outside of my comfort level, but there's still a lot more to do.

Look for the results of my labor in about a month or two.

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