Following my Page Count Update on Saturday, I thought I’d finish up today with an update:
Having averaged 20 pages a day for the last three days, I added the finishing touches to this script earlier today.
Although I have written and edited several scripts this year, it is my first full-length script since February. While it is numerically the fourth draft of this project, it is also the first draft of the screenplay in this iteration.
This is the project that spawned the Narrative Problems with Anthologies article, so I will be writing a follow-up with my solutions to some of the problems in the next few days. In the mean time, I’m going to take a couple of weeks away from the project to let the mental dust settle, work on other projects and spend some time with real people.
Having been at a stage six or eight weeks ago where I wasn’t sure what I was attempting was even possible, it is gratifying to have got to this stage, even if it needs a lot of refining.
More to come…
The Sum of its Parts - Narrative Problems with Anthologies
After telling my friend Guy Atkinson I am working on a location-specific anthology movie, he sent me a link to this Guardian article about a Havana-set anthology cut from the same cloth as Paris, je T’aime and New York, I Love You. In this context an anthology refers to a feature film made up of shorter stand-alone segments, a bit like a collection of short stories.
Emmanuel Benbihy, who produced Paris and New York, had a different writer and director work on each segment of those two films each based on the theme of love in their respective cities. While great adverts for the cities, the premise has come into criticism for only showing their lighter sides. Last year I saw a advert for scripts for a British production called London, Fuck You intended to subvert the style. How successful this was I am not sure.
The narrative problems I alluded to in the title refer the effect on the audience of being hit with (in the case of Paris) eighteen short stories one after another. The cumulative result can leave the viewer feeling a bit like this:
So can anything be done to reduce this fatigue?