- Read the script inside and out, leaving nothing untouched.
- Find the film's 'spine' - the main action that drives the piece.
- Find the character 'spine' - what is their superobjective/end goal
- Find 'the want' - what is the immediate objective in a scene
- Find the 'Actions' - active/action verbs and transitives, like 'to greet'
- Find the 'Activities' - What does someone do/interact i.e. light a cigarette, shake a hand etc.
- The Circumstances - where did the characters come from, and what are the expectations for them when going towards the next scene
- Acting Beats - Each new action is another beat
- Narrative Beats - the stylistic choice that highlights the theme of the piece
- Dramatic blocks - each time the overriding idea changes, its another block
- Fullcrum - The moment when things can go either way.
During Reading Week, we were to read the next 3 chapters of 'Directing', as well as get cracking with our individual productions. Really, I can't say much as a conclusion, since I voiced my main issue above, but I'm sure with time and practice, I'll adjust. I suppose part of my difficulty with comes from my background in standard media, where there's often a 'get on with it, and on time too' mentality, which doesn't always lend itself to the more artistic side of the film medium, but again, that will probably change.
Also, just as a reminder/refresher, my team is me, Jack, Tara and Patrick. Just to be on the safe side.