I met with lead actor Todd Lutz today for coffee and “shop talk” at Jackson Cuppa on Mechanic Street.
We discussed the lead character's motivation, his background and the choices he is forced to make during the script.
I'm fortunate to have an actor who is very motivated to learn everything he can about the character he is portraying. Todd made several good suggestions, some of which I will definitely attempt to incorporate into the revised draft of the feature screenplay.
One problem we writers face is exposition. It's not always easy to get information across to the audience without having it revealed through dialogue, but it's always preferable to avoid that and to convey information through visuals, if at all possible.
I'm still in the “aerial view” phase of the rewrite, making a pass over the script, enacting any changes that seem obvious without making significant alterations yet. The next step will be an in-depth, thorough analysis of the script, which will be followed by a new outline, then the rewrite. It's a long process, but a necessary one.
Jackson Cuppa, 634 N. Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49202.