Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Today I finally got a chance to start some script analysis. As a director one of the first things you have to do is own the material.  It seems silly but I read the script aloud several times just to make sure the flow of the dialogue made sense.  I caught a couple of things and made the proper changes.  I have a semi-decent amount of time to work at this thing and so I am going to take my time to ensure that I cover all my basis.  

Today I did two things for my script analysis.  I crossed out all references to blocking and emotions (i.e. She lovingly picked up the picture) in the script.  I did this because it is my job as a director to come up with blocking that is unique to the setting that we are shooting in.  Just because a script says that an actor is supposed to cry when they say or line or it says that they should look away doesn't necessarily mean that is what is going to happen on the day. Personally I like to come up with my own blocking as in most cases it helps the story. Also with further script analysis I will have different adjustments for my actors that will hopefully get them where they need to be emotionally to give a proper performance.  The last thing I want is to give out vague result direction. The last thing I did was highlight (in orange) all of the objects and props that will be used in this film.  I did that because I will need to compile of list of things that I need to have my producer buy and I also did it because sometimes the physical objects in scripts give you a deeper meaning to the characters inner life.  A picture, an outfit, they all contain clues to the subtext of the script.

Tomorrow I will take the first steps in breaking down the dialogue.  I'm not sure if I am going to break down each scene first, as I have a three chart progression that I use, or if I am going to do the whole script one chart at a time. We'll see where the day takes me.  I also have a lead on a couple DP's and I got some measurements back from some of my leads or the stylist.  Too bad the holiday is coming up. It kind slows up my work process.

Director: Cherry
"This Time I Want It All"


  1. I look forward to reading your blogs daily. Very good insight into the process. Thanks for taking the time to share the experience.

  2. I've learned so much from your blogs thus far. Keep it going. Also, please continue to provide incite on the writer and producer roles as the project progresses. Thanx and Happy Holidays!!