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That thing you haven’t seen yet.

5 August 2012

A while back on the blog, I discussed (OK, gushed over) the film Lunopolis, not because of its high production values or outstanding acting, but because of its premise and execution. Simply put, the filmmakers were able to tell me a story, and tell me one I hadn’t heard before. Hollywood is generally bad at giving the audience anything new (and there are a ton of reasons for this, not the least of which being money [OK, it’s all money]). So, of course, Lunopolis was an indie film.

You may also remember me mentioning the Quantum Theory project more than a couple of times. What drew me to this project was a similar feeling — that the people behind the as-yet-unmade film were attempting to show us all something we hadn’t seen yet. Recently, Tennyson Stead (you may remember me interviewing him here) sent me a draft of the script to read. And read I did.

So, here’s the thing — I’m not going to tell you what happens in the Quantum Theory script. It’s not because I believe in keeping spoilers out of my blog posts (though I do endeavor to do so whenever possible). It’s because I want people to experience this film for themselves, because from what I read, it definitely has the potential to tell us all a unique and fascinating story.

It’s hard to get an idea of the finished film from a screenplay, especially one written by the guy who’s ultimately going to direct it. After all, he knows what he wants to see on screen, and I don’t. I don’t have the story in my head before I read word one, like he does. Years back, I wrote some incredibly funny TV with a friend (if we do say so ourselves), but when someone else read the scripts, the jokes had the tendency to get lost in translation — because film is a visual medium, and something can be much funnier when I show it to you rather than tell you about it. The same can be said of this script — things will ultimately, I believe, be much cooler when we see them than they are on the page. Dialogue that doesn’t necessarily read right can work well in the performance.

That said,what I read was really quite good. Oh, sure, I would have liked some more character development here, a few more descriptive actions there — but again, it’s a screenplay. That kind of stuff ultimately gets worked out in the performance, and seeing a film is completely different to reading the blueprints for one — just like the view from the Hancock building in Chicago is completely different than looking at a picture of the building. I’m confident in saying this movie will be quite a good watch when it gets made.

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  1. 5 August 2012 0741

    Obviously, most screenplays I’ve read came after seeing a movie. Once ye olde Internet and Script O Rama came around, those movies I hadn’t yet seen…I could at least read them. And it’s a great exercise for a writer, reading screenplays before seeing a movie and paying attention to how things change and work when shot and edited.

    I’ve worked on film projects, here and there, but only one actual 35mm feature. I read the script before we shot…it was my job to run scripts to the talent, and when the director found out I wrote, he wanted to know what I thought. Seeing things changed on the fly and a little outright improvising while shooting…it was a great experience.

    I’ll have to check out Lunopolis…and Quantum Theory when it’s finally available.

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