After a day off recovering from the flu that I strategically managed to awaken with on the first of my two days off, I was back in action today at the Filmlab. I arrived feeling like death warmed up and probably looked like the ‘re-animated grandmother’ that Matt Vesley referred to in our ‘Make-your-own-Slasher film’ exercise. After sitting in the singing but not actually singing, the headache slowly cleared (thanks to Panadol) and I found myself back in the welcoming arms of the labsters and the lab tutors which was comforting.
Stephen posed us some tasks revolving around the storyline and characters that will make our story turn around. It was good to really talk the film through and clarify areas that I had been a bit unsure of. Then off to our office for writing, writing and more writing… with an occasional game of table tennis thrown in Stanley Kubrick style. It feels like we made some progress today with our story and that the whole thing is becoming more vivid by the day. It is really a rare opportunity that you have such experts mining your head for what is making you tell this story and what are the vital elements to it. If you overlook this part of the process you could easily make a film that fades into obscurity because it is dull, forgettable and unclear.
I’m getting a really good feeling about the film lab projects and what they could add to the film landscape in Australia and abroad.