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February 14, 2009

My rewrite

I worked basically all day on my rewrite of Tovenray.

(ok, that's not completely true. Darby and I went on a hike with a friend of mine who is a graduate of UCLA's Screenwriting program and now works as a producer. And I also had an excellent phone call with my mentor / friend Paul Castro)

But other than that, I worked on Tovenray.

here is how I did it. I had a print out of the script, along with my written down notes from my manager. I read through the print out first, pen on paper, making changes or marking where I would make changes. For me, the tactile feeling of the pen on the paper is much better for any stages of writing that feel more like sketching or sculpting or painting - the early stages where you're still trying to figure fundamental things out. The idea of actually opening the script on my computer and making changing right away with the keyboard is really... just wrong to me. It's hard to explain.

So fortunately, I made my way all the way through that pen and paper stage, solving most of the problems raised by the notes, and pretty happy with the direction the script is taking. I then opened the file on the computer, and made actual changes to the script up until page 33.

So that gives you an idea of how much more I have to do. All in all, it took about... 11 hours today.

Weird thing is, I'm falling behind on writing my next script by spending the time on this one. Not to mention iPhone apps, my taxes, other school projects, blah blah blah.

But I really can only do one thing at a time, so it's triage, baby.

Happy Valentine's Day (since it's past midnight.)

This has never been a particularly special day for me and Darby, but it's still nice to get candy and all. Darby is actually quite wonderful at getting the kids special stuff for V-Day. I always forget about it, honestly.

Posted by jason on February 14, 2009 03:11 AM


Well thank goodness for darby making it special for the kids! And way to go on re-writing...Taxes make me nervous, too, since I have an appointment with a theater-specific accountant next week...

Posted by: Jessica on February 14, 2009 11:25 AM

i love how you call it a print out. do you still use the computer paper that has perforations and the crazy little holes on the side?

Posted by: joshua Latshaw on February 14, 2009 12:00 PM

ha--I haven't thought about that paper in such a long time!

Posted by: Jessica on February 15, 2009 01:29 AM

woah. Paul Castro is your mentor and friend? That is so cool. I didn't even know that but I loved August Rush.

Posted by: mers on February 17, 2009 02:03 AM

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