A New Kind of Rewrite (Film Log #21)
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A New Kind of Rewrite
Post-Cannes can be a tricky state. Adrenaline goes down, you’re behind work-wise, and everybody might not be understanding about the Cannes-thing. (I actually received an email asking ‘What’s happening in Cannes that is so important?’ Putting things in perspective…)
The temptation might be to take a break, but a wrong closing might cancel everything you’ve done. That works for about everything actually. Staying until the end and closing are hard. Beginning might feel hard, but it’s a low-risk motion. It is almost easier to let go before you’ve done it from A to Z, so you’ll never know if you got officially rejected.
If this text doesn’t make sense, hopefully it will after watching this episode, that is all about my post-Cannes rewrite. Which was a different type of rewrite, focusing on formatting and taking the reading experience to the next level. (or another level)
When you write there are two elements that are equally important: a good story, and a good presentation of that said story. A good joke told poorly won’t get a laugh. That’s the same with screenwriting. (That’s the reader in me talking here).
In retail they call it ‘the guest experience‘. There’s a moment where you need to treat your reader as a guest coming into your universe. As screenwriters, we are the hosts. Each conscious change we make to better our reader’s experience is a small win. Cumulate those, and you might make an impact.
Up until now, I had been focusing on bettering the story. I have now reached a point where the story is there. It can still be stronger, but if you don’t like it now, you won’t like when it’s better. But reaching this point only made me aware that I needed to work on the packaging big-time.
And so the below episode is about that: what changes I made, and how.
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