Improving a screenplay is pretty much a fancy way of describing rewrites.
The Climb has been through a lot of rewrites during the pre-production process and I’m at it again with 7 weeks to go until production is set to begin.
Improvements can always be made. Over the last few weeks I’ve been giving myself brain cramps trying to make the script as strong as possible leading into next week’s rehearsals.
I had a breakthrough.
A subtle change in one of the film’s crucial scenes has elevated the tension and the story to another level.
Without giving away any spoilers, the film used to revolve around a specific action a character takes. It now completely revolves around an interesting relationship that I can’t wait to see brought to life this May.
For the rest of the week I’ll be implementing these little tweaks and improvements before sending out the latest draft to the cast and crew.
This is really going to be a work in progress right up until we wrap and I’m loving the direction this movie is taking.
I think it’s important to always be mindful of the story while remaining open to changes as the movie takes shape. I’m going to keep doing everything I can so I can look back and truly be proud of the finished screenplay.
This way, when the cameras roll, I’ll be completely confident that every angle was considered and every line scrutinized right up until I yell action for the first time.
Another rewrite? No.
Vital improvements? Yes.