I've written the first draft of the treatment for the film project known as ASK, and handed it over to director Dan at Magician Pictures. And here's where some folk, myself included, might be nervous: will he hate it? Love it? Regard it with screaming indifference?
Of course, the reality is none of the above. He likes it a lot, but has issues with certain elements which we need to discuss. Maybe the odd story element we originally conceived has become overshadowed, or overly cluttered with Other Stuff. Or maybe it's still there in my head, but just not clear enough in the treatment.
This kind of collaboration with directors or whoever can seem intimidating. What if the vision gets diluted, changed or burnt so badly it can only be identified by dental records? But here's the way I see it: the last person you want to work with is someone who takes the 'That'll do' approach. Dan isn't like that - he's passionate about making ASK the best treatment, script and film it can possibly be. And that's what you need. Frankly, if I'd handed over this first draft and he was overjoyed with every damn word and scene, I'd be a little suspicious. Is that perverse? Maybe. But it makes sense, to me at least. Besides, we worked so well together on the basic plot, that I know we're thinking along very similar lines. I'm confident that he's not suddenly about to call me at 3am and bellow, "I know what it needs! A leopard! On page 75! With a fucking machete!".
So tomorrow, Dan and I will meet up and hammer out an agreement on how the finished treatment needs to run. We will then drink vats of booze and get ourselves arrested after engaging in violent combat in our hotel's gardens, naked as the days we were born. Of course, it might not be like that at all: I'm just speculating.
The third round of the British Short Screenplay Competition has been announced. Happily, a few members of our beloved Scribosphere are still sitting pretty among the qualifiers! So a big 'word up' to Dom, Andrew G, Martin-Two-Scripts and other people who I'll add when I discover who they are!