And it doesn’t have to be writers, either.
I am about to direct a short, which means I am rewriting it trying to get free food for the actors trying to get rehearsal time trying to find locations trying trying trying. In a few cases, succeeding.
The script, co-written with one of my students, is in good shape. Way better than in past years. For instance, the year when I did it in the Mike Leigh improv style. Never again. We didn’t even HAVE a script a week before the shoot. Never again. Anyway.
I was in a coffee shop with my friend Michael and he asked what I was up to… I quickly told him the story of my 13 page script. Three locations. Three actors.
And as I was telling it, I realized I’d left a scene out.
Not that was in the script that I’d forgotten to tell him, but a moment that, as I was telling him, I realized the story HAD to have, but that wasn’t in the script. As I was telling him the story, this “story need” moment was so clear and obvious… but I hadn’t ever seen it before. In all the drafts, the reading, the conversations… (and we’re up to draft G at this point)… it had never crossed my mind that this moment HAD to be there or the story would not work.
Giant light bulb over Akers’s head.