On the home straight... I'm now working on Episode 4, which being the finale is kind of enormous. Twenty three scenes in total, although many of them are very short, as the action speeds up. Nonetheless, there's still a long way to go and very little time left. I'm much more in the swing of it, now, and with less time to faff around and worry about it, it's getting there quicker. Also, as certain locations come up again, the fx and so on are already decided, which makes things easier.
Something curious has happened with the acting. Originally, this was a 5 part piece. When I started holding auditions, I'd written about 4.5 episodes. To make it tighter, I decided to ditch a branch of the storyline and so extensively rewrote parts 3 & 4.
In the original story, there was a romantic brush between two of the characters. In the later draft, I removed all of that. So Nick, Dale and Tiff are pretty direct most of the time (Tiff only when she gets drunk - although that's a fair old bit of the time...) but otherwise, while other characters do hold slight torches for each other, it's very much repressed.
So, I was very surprised to hear, when the two actors' lines came in, that they both still sounded like they were on the brink of a relationship, even though I'm certain I removed any hint of it.
I could be mistaken of course, although in fact, one actor apologised for one take, where they thought it might have sounded too flirty. I'm purposely not naming the characters as when the episode is released, I'll see if they notice it and ask if it was a conscious thing on their parts, or not! I do find it interesting with satellite shows how actors can sometimes seem to predict each others' deliveries with uncanny accuracy. When doing Wonder Woman, I had a scene with half a dozen characters reciting a prayer. Bizarrely, almost all of them came back with such similarity in tempo and delivery that I actually had to cut them up quite a bit to stop them all merging into one another. Actorly ESP!
Jeffrey sent me the logo he's been working on and it is simply stunning.
It's dead exciting!
Well, 22 scenes left... and hopefully about 2 weeks... and counting...