12-08-23 Pre-Production


    This entry should really include what happened last night, as I was way too tired to actually write it yesterday.

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    I drove up to meet Michele Morrow about the role of Sudonym. We got along really well. She loved the script. She loves the idea of it and the writing. She had a couple of pretty useful tips about Sudonym. For instance, during the scene known as LAN PARTY, Sudonym and most of the other leads are playing Star Craft. Michele wondered, since Sudonym's boyfriend Hash was missing, and yet everyone else had been kidnapped, why wasn't she more concerned about where Hash was?

    My initial response was that those feelings would be something she would express through her acting. Rather than having Sudonym rant or complain (totally out of character) she would instead bury the emotion, all emotion, and would remain silent.

    In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, it's Will who asks about Hash's location. At that moment, the camera could show Sudonym's response, a brief flood of emotion, then back to stone. But, in that moment, she forgives Will because he's still looking out for his friends, countermanding her previous categorization of Will as, "an asshole."

    Michele's other thought was that when the betrayal of Hash is revealed, Sudonym should be more angry, rather than broken. That was a good thought and, in fact, the response I want Sudonym to have, which is why she goes after Pete's gun, to shoot Hash and probably Fox. But, she's no match for Pete, who effortlessly takes her down.

    In that moment, Sudonym is totally impotent to do anything. The only point of solidarity in her life, her love for Hash, has been removed.

    For me, this is the best response because of Sudonym's childhood. She's the daughter of movie star mother who was at the peak of her fame in the 80's but after the death of her husband and son, she became a drunken recluse. With that in mind, Sudonym's attitude is one of needing to be strong for her own well-being. She hadn't let anyone in except Hash. So, when she finds out that Hash betrayed her, she's emotionally destroyed. 

    Michele liked that, that Sudonym's response made sense.  She was originally hoping that the strong female character would have a strong ending. A part of me kind of agrees. We'll see what happens tomorrow as I finish another draft.

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    I went to the Irvine Improv to meet Jeremy. He could not be a nicer guy. He's so cool and energetic and smart and willing to help in any way he can. He's exactly the kind of person I want to work with.

    We'll be meeting next week to talk about him taking on the role of Harold Dempsey. I hope it works out, regardless of whether he helps finance or not. He's just a great guy to be around.

    I spoke at length with Jeremy's wife about how Jeremy's name even came up. I didn't mention the financing, but I did talk about possibly using his dad's house for Fox's house. Jeremy's wife seemed to think it was more than just a possibility, that it was easy. She went on to mentioned Jeremy's dad having a great office which also might be available to shoot in. The way she described it seems exactly the way I've been imagining Vernor's office.

    She then offered herself as a possible actor or even an extra. I said she would be great as Mrs. Dempsey.

    I feel like I'm repeating myself, but they are both just such great people and now I find myself searching for things they can do just to work with them.

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    Most of the time this job is the best job I can imagine. The past two days have been exactly that. I know there are going to be more bad days like last week, but for today! Yeah, I'm loving it!