And so the writing continues

Posted by Rick Burnett on December 31st, 2008 filed in Shadow Ops

Today I met with the director and DP of the film we are now calling Shadow Ops formerly known as World War Dead.  About a month ago I submitted the first draft of the script and today we went through it in its entirety.  Mainly, our concerns were with pacing, action, and chronological detail.  I was very happy with the outcome and have pages of notes that I will now incorporate into the story.  Mostly, things are just getting shifted around and either expanded or contracted.  I’m going to take about two weeks and do revision two based on these notes and I think we should be good to go for the investors.

Interestingly enough, I’ve spent so much time reading my characters I wrote, it’s like I actually know them.  It’s a bit of a strange feeling honestly.  Now, when we fill out the rest of the cast and do a little rearranging, I know the characters can and will change a bit, for now, I am happy with them.  This was one of the areas that I knew I needed to work on for my own novel that I am going to finish the third edit this year.  In addition, I think it is going to get a new title.

Finally, I saw some of the creature drawings that have started for the movie.  They were good, but not exactly what I had in mind in the story so I decided to sketch out a concept of what I had in my mind when writing.  I have very happy about how it translated to paper.  Very lovecraftian to say the least.   I’ve sent these images off to the director and DP and also to my brother who is a Maya expert to see if he wanted to do a little 3D construction.  Moreso to see if we can leverage a little 3D composites in the film.

Now on the plate is starting on the sound work a little early and building a library of tones and effects ready to go when the editing gets underway.

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