The buzz of live theatre

Just finished the read-through. After a few technical hitches (Skype can really suck sometimes), I watched a group of four read my script aloud, taking on the main characters and grappling with the supporting cast. I could not stop grinning. It really came to life for me when they read it, and they brought perspective to the characters that I hadn't even begun to realise existed. Towards the end, I could sense their engagement, as eager as I was to see it through to the end. This pleases me beyond words. Also, the feedback they gave at the end was invaluable. The perspective on their roles and how they interacted with the other characters, as well as their thoughts on the series potential and further character development, really brought home my love for the craft and reignited the fire to spit out another two, three, four drafts in the next week. And I am not coming down from this high any time soon....
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The Read-Through

So, while draft three is with my editor, I'm eyeing up the looming Red Planet Prize deadline with dread. There are plenty of people with professional screenwriting credits going for this thing. People with talent and creative networks and Scribosphere contacts. And then there's me. Therefore, I've decided to attempt what any smart screenwriter would: a read-through. Get a bunch of people in a room who can read. Give them your script. Ask them nicely to read it - aloud, in character. Listen. Listen good. Receive feedback. Watch the whole thing back and wince repeatedly at how stupid your character voices sound. Redraft. Lather, rinse, repeat. I've mobilised my director, who decided that our little gang of film people weren't enough and has started hitting up the local acting talent. This scares me a little bit. It's fine giving my script to my friends, who know me and will coach their criticism in terms of "it's okay, sweetie, we'll get through this". These are people...
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