Posts tagged "treatment"

Treatment, Treatment - I need treatment!

A few days without a post as I've been digging deep into the reserves of frustration and putting the treatment together for the first story arc. The first 'act' (I'm viewing the story as a 45 min single story at present) went like a dream. Act 2 was a nightmare, but on a re-read actually worked well. Act 3 was a nightmare, and two days later its still a bloody nightmare!

In the meantime I went back to Skripto!, the script writing software that I wrote at the beginning of the year and and put together the first act as a proper script. Got to admit, works very well and comes in at 13 pages - perfect one you add the longer sequences that are just described in a quick paragraph (like Harmony's testing at the specialist) to come in at the 15min mark.

Along the way, there have been changes from the original thought process. As always, slight hints, discussions and even passing thoughts in the street all add to the overall tapestry. A good talk with David (from TVP) on Tuesday led to a switch around of when and why the master criminal is found, and the introduction of a new character that has long turn, slow-burner promise.

Onward and upwards.

Well, if I can get this damn 3rd act sorted out, anyway!

Tutor Meeting Report - Anna Jansco, 2016-05-30

Tutor meeting reports include general discussion topics, ways forward, targets, plans already agreed and decisions regarding how to implement agreed items in no particular order. Some items are agreed targets, others simple actions that have been passed to the tutor as intended ways forward.

  • A lot of the meeting with Ana was confirmation of ways forward that I had already decided to progress, so it was good to get confirmation that I was heading in the right direction.
  • We discussed the tradition of Nordic childrens story and TV and it's similarity of where I was going - good, as I had already been looking into Nordic TV through my CG background and productions such as Lassemaja [1], [2]. Maybe this direction has come from my own viewing of both british and European TV in the 70's when I was growing up, including the Children's Film Foundation. US TV at the moment (and actually at the time, through such this things as Littleest Hobo) leaves me cold.
  • Discussed the CineKid.nl website and festival. In regards to the website (in isolation) it seems very similar to the Into Film project, though far further along.
  • Anna raised funding opportunities via the Wellcome Trust. I'am aware of them through my work in the IT world, but I had not even thought of this avenue for funding (thanks Anna) - though this is probably at present because I am still thinking like an IAC cinemtographer. I had already in the past two weeks established that this is the first film I would actually dedicate a budget to, so I need to start thinking in a different vein.
  • Confirmed nature of the format that I should produce - it is pretty much a given now that I will work on a 3x15min story arc as the product of this module. If needs mean that I should shorten it for product later, then this format should allow me to do so without unnatural breaks.
  • Confirmed with Anna format (or rather, openess) of the format of the treatment that I should be producing. I had already downloaded the treatment pack from the Raindance website and realised the differences between the existing intent that I had (based upon information from Miriam Horowitz). Good discussion over positives and negatives - looks like I'm going to conciously go down the route of a European style treatment (more literary) that the UK/US style (more mechanical and difficult to read, but easy to convert to a later script).
  • From the treatment pack, it also confirms some of the information that I can add to the start of the treatment that I felt that I should leave out in the final submission (based on the Horowitz style). This is important as visual style / propaganda inclusion is a vital part of what the production is mean to achieve, but does not fit well into the body of the treatment.
Brain Dead

A day and a half now. I have Act 1 and the setup for the treatment in place. Is Act 2 manifesting itself? Ha!

Tutor meeting report - Rick Harvey, 2016-05-25

Tutor meeting reports include general discussion topics, ways forward, targets, plans already agreed and decisions regarding how to implement agreed items in no particular order. Some items are agreed targets, others simple actions that have been passed to the tutor as intended ways forward.

  • Aim for a 15min short pilot targetted at good web distribution.
  • Will look at an initial 3 webispode arc of 3 x 15mins, allowing development of a full pilot of TV length and long term story planning but split of three separate online shows. Possible outlining of a 3 x 3 story arc, totalling about 120 - 150mins.
  • Aim to deliver a treatment to tutor by monday, 13th June, with meetings to usually take place at 13:00 on any given Monday decided upon.
  • Reflective Report - maybe look at continuation of a story line over a 150min period - till now, I have only ever looked at shorts and single-story mini-features of upto 40 minutes.
  • Look at Egri (already in possession and mostly read), but also York (to be acquired).
  • Work on balance of the story / plot / propaganda so as to not imbalance for the audience.
  • Initial plans (generally) - contact Trinity and Frewen to see if I can arrange interviews for real-world experiences.
  • Important - complete an ethics document and get to Rick to sign. Can I really hold interviews before this document is OK'd? Email Rick to confirm.
  • Product to aim for in module as a whole - Treatment and possibly script (from Rick); Full treatment with arc definitions (from Me).
  • With treatment, produce mind-maps of character development and story arcs.