This post was actually going to be about how I tragically pushed two posts out last week, so I wouldn’t have to throw out a substantial post this week, before I realized that wasn’t the case.
Just because two posts weren’t 7 days apart doesn’t mean I missed a week, because my posting schedule falls somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and The Three Caballeros on the regularity scale.
So, I still can’t tell time, but I also can’t use it as an excuse. Son of a–
Regardless, I do have some blog post ideas, but they need to sit on the back burner for another week before they’re in post-able state. All of them have to deal with romance, and let me say this right now:
Romance is really hard, you guys. But, I kinda think The Princess and the Frog nailed it, and I need to rewatch that movie (maybe with a live tweet? See more at the bottom of this post).
Also, we’re still making progress, although not much writing has been happening. The Google Drive Crash Beast has been tamed (or at least circumvented), so that should pick up on my end. The project now has its first concept sketch to it’s name. I saw it for the first time last week, AND I’M STILL SUPER EXCITED.
I have a sketch of Luna and it’s just the bestest. I don’t even care that ‘bestest’ isn’t a word. I AM FIVE RIGHT NOW.
However, I’m hesitant to show it as I think our concept artist(s) want(s) another round of edits. There are meetings planned to go over what we’ve got.
Script-wise, we’re sitting on something like 60 pages. Plot-wise, we’re about halfway in Act II, with Act I completely written and about half of Act III written. I have ideas on how to write the remainder of the script– we need a love scene (think “A Whole New World” or “I See the Light”), a confrontation scene between our protagonists, a pair of “everything is falling apart around me” scenes (Ivan and Luna each get their own), and a rejoining scene where our protagonists team back up to go after our villain.
Then it’s just a resolution scene after the climax, and tada. Rough draft, complete with obvious continuity errors, an entirely questionable character that needs to get rewritten or cut, and the fact that I haven’t started dealing with the problem of “Princess Luna” already being a pop culture artifact.
Also, 60 pages might sound slim– remember that we don’t have a single song in the script, which should add roughly 15 pages (we have ideas about where songs might go, but no lyrics). I can see the remainder of the scenes we want taking up about… eh, 15-20 more pages (each scene is about 3 pages, minimum, plus some extra stuff to get everything to line up), so, really, we’re sitting on around 80-90 pages going into the first round of edits, rewrites and additions.
All in all, this is turning into an actual thing. Of course, to be an actual actual thing, its time to start engaging in social media for realsies. One of the dreams for this project is to maybe turn this script into a thing that you watch, rather than read. The only way I foresee that happening is, well, if people actually want to watch it.
Maybe because I’ve put to much time into it, but I have faith that we have the beginnings of a really great story. There is a lot of chaff in the rough draft still, but I can see the glimmer of something awesome. To help me share that, and maybe to bring back livetweets of Disney movies, I’ve started a twitter account for the blog: @writingthemagic
The twitter handle will be used for thoughts I can’t really expand into posts, as well as future livetweets of Disney things… and maybe a place to get suggestions from the crowd if we ever need something like that.