Screenplay Update #1
Could it possibly be a functional workspace?!
This is my desk. Despite buying and assembling the thing two weeks ago, I only set everything up properly today. The desk is the MICKE corner workstation from IKEA, which is currently only $149 if you’re a member of IKEA Family [and it’s free to join! And no, I’m not being paid to promote IKEA furniture, I just love a good bargain]. The hinged shelf things [I have no idea what they’re called] on the left are supposed to close, but the latches don’t quite line up. I could try to fix them, but for the moment leaving them open seems to be working quite well.
My last bedroom was too small for a desk, so this is the first time I’ve had a proper workstation set up in quite a few years – and even before then, I used to do most of my homework from my bed. During high school and most of uni, my desk was just another surface to pile things on, but this time I’m going to try very hard to actually use it for its intended purpose.
Now, if you were thinking that I’m writing about my desk in order to distract you from the fact that this is supposed to be a screenplay update, then you would be correct. It’s not that I haven’t done any work on my story since I announced the project last week – it’s just that the progress I’ve made isn’t really the kind that you can measure. I’ve got the concept figured out, and I know that there’s a story there, but it’s not quite ready to be fleshed out yet. Instead, I’ve been focusing on theme and tone.
One of the things that we were taught in first semester about film structure, is the importance of watching other films and seeing how they work. Taking this into account, I spent a good portion of Friday watching a film in which the protagonist goes on a similar personal journey to the one that I’m going to write, and breaking down the plot in terms of tone, character and structure. This has given me a few really good elements that I can borrow for my own story, as well as an understanding of how that particular film works in the way that it does.
The next step, I think, is to start breaking down my own story in terms of structure. I also need to do a little bit more character work. Hopefully by Friday I’ll have something more interesting to report.
While I’m here, I’ve got a bit of a WordPress query: is anybody else having trouble editing posts after saving or publishing them? It’s fine when I click ‘Add New Post’, but for the past week or so, whenever I’ve tried to edit an existing post [be it a draft, or something that I’ve published], every time I click into the post editor, I can’t actually see any of the content. The editor just appears empty – both in the visual and html boxes. You can’t even see the tags. It’s quite strange. Things seem to be working fine in the iPad app, however, but it is a pain to have to manually edit things on the iPad sometimes – autocorrect really doesn’t like html coding.