As I related in my last post, Cooper and I sat with with our editor and DP, Matt to get his feedback on the script for MY SPIRITED SISTER. His comments proved helpful, but perhaps not in the way he anticipated. Through his critique, we were able to get Matt’s interpretation and see where it differed from what we were trying to say. He made some good suggestions but they did not all fit our story. However, in seeing where we failed to clearly get the point across, we are now able to fix those problems and clarify the story we want to tell.
We began the process yesterday. An excellent point that Matt made was that he felt the story peaked too soon and was kind of flat thereafter. That lead to a brainstorming session in which we added depth to the storyline. We are very excited by the direction in which we’ve taken it. This script is a considerable improvement over ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? which was very good.
Being able to utilize feedback to improve a script while staying true to one’s vision is tricky yet essential. Frankly, it is a strength I have always had and Cooper does it pretty well too. It comes down to confidence in one’s own ability. Having a partner helps greatly. Mutual support is a nice thing to have. I cannot wait to shoot this film. It will represent a big step forward in our development as filmmakers.