Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Chinese Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster
The day call was fine yesterday, although it felt like venturing into an alien landscape. Someone had a personal emergency, so I ended up working the show last night and I’ll do the matinee today.
One of the actresses I dress shot a guest role on All My Children a few weeks ago, and it was aired today. She came off very well. You can tell she’s a theatre actress. Blew the regulars right out of the water. Of course, if the actors had decent dialogue with which to work, it would help. However, soaps aren’t about reality – which is one reason people watch them. So, to look for logic and method and all the things that make a stage play or a novel or a screenplay work in this format simply creates frustration and disappointment. Each soap is a world unto itself, with its own rules and ways of doing things.
Hey, soaps keep a lot of people employed and a lot of people entertained, so good for them.
Spent my dinner break with a friend, which was a nice change of pace. It’s always good to catch up, and I don’t socialize that much.
One of the sound guys used to live in Baltimore and gave me even more ideas for my outing with Michelle in March. It better not snow that day – I really want to go!
I’m also planning a trip to Valley Forge, PA in April. It’ll just be a day trip, both to do some research and visit another writer friend.
Worked on the test scenes until nearly 3 AM. The scenes themselves are fine and work well. I’m going over the top, which could knock me out of contention, but the material has to have a strong, stylistic point of view. I can’t be wishy-washy about it. If I’m going to do this, I have to go for it, 100%. So I am.
What’s frustrating is that the files were sent to me as .xls files. They want me to make changes within the document. I can open it and read it, but my software won’t actually allow me to work within it. So I have to take everything and recreate it in their ridiculous columnar format. I understand that they want to see the changes on a spreadsheet, but that’s no way to deal with a script. I’m sending them two sets of files, once I have it all set up. One set is in the format they want. The other is in standard script format, so that they can read it through for flow.
Plus, my computer won’t let me set it up in a columnar or table format that will work for this particular document – PLUS it keeps capitalizing the first letter of every new line three and four times, even though I took off the auto-whatever.
I hate the way this software wastes my time. With a Mac, you tell it something once, and it does what you want. Microsoft keeps arguing, line by line. It should have taken 20 minutes to format one scene. It took an hour and a half.
I’m exhausted, and I don’t see how I can get the other two scenes done before I have to leave for the theatre. But I have to, because they need the scenes today, and, with the time different, they have to go out before I leave.
I’ll figure it out. I’ll simply be cranky about it.
I’m telling you, parchment and quill pen is the way to go.
Better get back to my scenes.
Whether or not I land this particular gig, it opens up a whole new arena for me that I’d like to pursue. I feel like these characters have welcomed me, and are pleased that I’m helping them express themselves.
I hope I get the job.
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