Thursday, January 13, 2005

Thursday, January 13, 2005
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Foggy, rainy, mild

Only one episode of Charlotte edited and off last night, which is not good. I’m finishing up the arc in the Bahamas and heading them off to Cuba – which means I need a guidebook for Cuba – and I need to get on the stick with these episodes.

I’m stressing myself out about the double show days at the theatre next week. Every day but Monday and Sunday, I’ll be putting in a 14-hour day. Well, I need the money, so I’ll suck it up. But I’ve told them over and over and OVER that if they need me to do the shows, they can’t put me on daywork all week. I can’t do both. Next week, I’ll shut up and deal and work hard not to let my anger at myself for agreeing spew onto everyone else. Until I actually refuse to do the work, they’re going to keep ignoring/forgetting/begging/whatever combination ties me to the place. It’s not their fault. It’s mine. So shut up and deal already.

Lost was disappointing last night. I’d figured out the Boone/Maggie back story weeks ago, so it wasn’t a surprise, and the hallucination felt like a cheat to me. We know nothing’s what it seems and they’ve overplayed the death and resurrection theme. They need to wind it into something else now. Just as long as they don’t try any apocalyptic crap, because I’m just not up for it. (And, of course, it’s all about me, isn’t it? :)) My favorite moment in the episode was Sawyer’s walk-through in the Australian police station. That was hilarious. Josh Holloway’s taken a well-written but hard-to-like character and made him oddly appealing. Sawyer’s not someone I’d want in my real life, but I enjoy him as a fictional character. My favorite character on the show is still Charlie, played by Dominic Monaghan. He’s always got a lot happening on many different levels without making a big deal about it. And there’s always a sly, irreverent, self-awareness. The actor’s brought it to other roles and it always works. It keeps the character from sliding into melodrama.

Casting is so important. No matter how talented an actor is, some simply fit certain roles better than others. Some actors and writers are better matches for each other. The rhythms of some writers’ language slides off the tongue of certain actors better than others. I know when I’m in the audition process and there’s that click of finding an actor who makes my words seem natural to him or her – it’s nothing sort of thrilling.

And West Wing – the dynamic between Bradley Whitford and Jimmy Smits is great and I can’t wait to see where this arc goes. So many things echo back to the episode where Josh joined the Bartlett campaign – it’s beautiful how the series flows.

As a writer, I can learn from those two series every week more than from just about anything else in the business.

The Lindisfarne photos are off to my editor, and now I just sit and wait. I want to hear about the scriptwriting job soon – and preferably a “yes”.

I’m not sure how to structure my time next week to get everything done writing-wise that I need to do and still be able to pull off a week of 14 hour days. I’ll have to pace myself and not blow out in the first few days.

I didn’t get a chance to finish “Muse” yesterday – hopefully, I can take another look at it tonight, in and around episodes of Charlotte. Will switch over to that now to get some more done before I catch my train. I dumped most of what I’d written this week, because it wasn’t any good – on either an artistic or a craft level. I’m not going to submit bad work just because I’m pressed for time.

The Vietnam project may be pushed back to 2007 due to funding – most funding sources for projects based in Asia are concentrating on tsunami relief efforts, as well they should.

The Continuing Ed program that was such a nightmare in fall, who’d asked me to do a one-shot deal in spring and I agreed to a Monday night in March – sent me a contract for a Saturday morning in April. I’d like to tell them to shove it.

Okay, let’s see if I can pull up at least a smidgen of creativity before heading out.

Devon
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3 Comments:

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Colin said...

Good luck for the Lindisfarne article. I got my fingers crossed for you as it would be a tragedy not to get it for "those" reasons. Also got the fingers on my other hand crossed for the script writing job!

GOOD LUCK! :-)

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I love Josh Holloway. He's delicious. :-)

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger Eileen said...

I agree with you about Boone and Shannon. I saw it coming, too. I appreciate how Dom works to keep his acting honest. I'm looking forward to him confronting Sawyer. I loved his walk through too!

"Some actors and writers are better matches for each other. The rhythms of some writers’ language slides off the tongue of certain actors better than others. I know when I’m in the audition process and there’s that click of finding an actor who makes my words seem natural to him or her – it’s nothing sort of thrilling."

So true.

 

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