Planning the write
Today I officially begin on my third feature script and in order to ease into it gently all I need to do today is make up my working schedule.
And here it is:
First 3 weeks – 11th May – 31st May
Preparing the material – This time will be spent writing small essays on the characters, the setting, subjects surrounding the plot and various others. During all this time the writing will be helping me to hone in on the real story and eventually craft the loose structure that will become the script. By the 31st I should have a logline for my film.
Week 4 – 1st June – 7th June
Paradigm – I like being able to visualise structure so I find the ‘Paradigm’ in Syd Field’s Screenwriting a useful tool. Over the course of this week I shall structure the paradigm so that I have my beginning, plot points 1&2 and the ending.
Week 5 – 8th June – 14th June
Doing the Cards – By the end of the week I need to have the three acts plotted out onto the cards.
Weeks 6&7 – 15th June – 28th June
Act 1 – Two weeks to write the first ‘words on paper’ version of Act 1.
Weeks 8-11 – 29th June – 26th July
Act 2 – Four weeks to get the ‘words on paper’ version of Act 2 down.
Weeks 12&13 – 27th July – 9th August
Act 3 – Two weeks again to complete the ‘words on paper’ version of Act 3.
Weeks 14&15 – 10th August – 23rd August
Holiday – Oh how I’m going to enjoy this!
Week 16 – 24th August – 30th August
Read-throughs – A week of reading through the script and taking notes.
Weeks 17&18 – 31st August – 13th September
Mechanical Draft – Two weeks to go through the script and start the rewrite. Correcting dialogue, switching, adding, removing scenes etc.
Week 19 – 14th September – 20th September
Rest – One last breather to get a little distance before the final corrections.
Weeks 20&21 – 21st September – 4th October
Final rewrite – The last two weeks of the project in order to truly tidy the writing up; fine-tune that dialogue and making last minute adjustments.
Done job! Script number three.