The 5-day script marathon has turned out to be a 5+1-day script marathon. By the end of day 5, I had about an hour of material. It’s now Saturday and I’m on the last stretch, hoping to finish the script tonight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carrying on with the marathon to complete a first draft in 5 days.

On Friday and Monday I was working on separating the treatment into scenes (or beats) which looked like this:

screenplay outline

It feels like I’ve done one day’s work during those first two days because of the holiday season. I’ve done a marathon a couple of times before and then I did it all in one go. This time I’ve been interrupted by a weekend trip and the New Year’s Eve, and I took the New Year’s Day off. It might look like it’s good to take a day off between days of intense writing but I can now say that it’s definitely better to do the marathon straight in one go without interruptions because it’s harder to start again after a break when you need to keep a good flow and a sense of urgency.

 

What I had by Monday afternoon was a Final Draft document with scene headings and short descriptions of the scenes or beats. In other words, the outline you see on the desk was typed up to start off the screenplay itself.

Today I’ve gone through an older version of the treatment to pick out any details I want to keep, and I’ve now started adding more details into the script, starting from the the first scene. At the moment I’ve got 55 scenes, this number usually goes up as I start separating locations more precisely and add details to events. I’ve also got a piece of paper next to be with a row of numbers to keep track of progress – I tick off each one as I finish writing a scene. Now I’ve got until Friday evening to get all those scenes written (daunting!).

Happy New Year!

CLASS: LIFE AFTER

(KLASS: ELU PÄRAST)

TV Drama (returning series)
7 x 58min episodes.

Producer: Gerda Kulli-Kordemets
Estonian Public Broadcasting in co-production with European Broadcasting Union

The 7-episode TV Drama is a follow-up to the feature film The Class (2007, dir. Ilmar Raag). Each episode of the series is a self-contained story following a different character overcoming the tragedy of a school shooting. The first episode is about a girl who survived the shooting, the second about the father of one of the shooters, etc. The stories focus on personal experiences and relationships of the characters involved. The series is targeted for teenage and family audiences.

Four episodes have been shot and edited. The originally 12-episode series was due to air in autumn 2009 but the economic downturn has put the production on hold till 2010.