Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Major story developments

That's the face I pulled when I realised how long it's been since I updated my blogs.
In terms of actual production or pre production work, I have not progressed very far at all with my final film, though importantly (and this should come first anyway), I have made some absolutely major developments with my story.
First of all, the present timeline is now a focused three-act structure. There are much stronger parallels between events which are happening in the present timeline and those that happened in the past - more than simply graphic matches, these parallels are now deeper at a subtext level and give the conclusion of the present storyline (which barely existed in my previous two drafts) a much more sinister impact.
On that note, this was going to be a dark film to begin with, but draft three - by far the greatest development of the story so far - is going to be unbearably dark in nature. It shows, unflinchingly, young Victor's downward spiral into madness and his unwitting transformation into his wicked father.
The biggest change stylistically is how Hatticus Doomsbury is represented, or rather, how it is not. Now delegated to the role of 'imaginary friend' - a kind of demented parody of Drop Dead Fred - Hatticus D. is only suggested, its face never fully shown, its body phasing between shapes seamlessly, even bonelessly. It is also very pedophilic in this new draft, even more so than in the previous two scripts. Hatticus D. is a monster that preys upon the weak and defenseless Victor - a monster, as we later discover, of his own making.
Now that I have locked down the changes that I wanted and have finally secured a much more powerful ending, I am ready to complete the third (and hopefully final) draft of my script and begin solid pre-production work. Stylistically and narratively, the film is finally coming to a head.

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