Elise and I went for a lazy Sunday drive this afternoon.
I've been doing quite a lot of writing lately, and have begun reverse engineering a couple of screenplays, breaking them down in various ways to better appreciate the underlying structure. So I thought I might as well share them here for the benefit of others.
1-4: We open on BERTIE failing. We’re in his POV very heavily. establishing the stakes. Juxtaposition between Bertie and BBC Presenter. Intro ELIZABETH as supportive wife.
4-6: Seeking help from traditional THERAPIST. Bertie is desperate for help, but the techniques do not work.
7-10: Elizabeth finds LIONEL. He’s a very unusual character. Very unexpected. He opens the scene on the loo. But then also quoting Shakespeare. The focus of this scene is also the revelation just as to who Mr Johnson is. They’re playing around the subject and that gives them an air of playfulness.
10-13: establish LOGUE FAMILY. MYRTLE intro. We see Lionel battling with keeping his client a secret. We show very quickly their sons, and their intelligent notions, but also there’s a loving arrangement with them.
13-15: showing Bertie with his DAUGHTERS. It’s a story telling and shows largely that his hesitation is absent with his family. Also that they are accommodating of his stutter.
15: Talking about party w David and Wallace. “Can’t be serious”.
16: Lionel is rejected in his audition. This sets up his own aspirations for greatness. Gives a Shakespearean undertone/motif again to the story. He cannot act. He is a man of honesty. Unfulfilled desire. Reference to “someone younger, more regal” is a stab at his nature. The things that he cannot change. Shows that Lionel is a failure at things also - gives him empathy for the audience.
17: Bertie and Elizabeth arrive at Lionel’s office. They playfully banter. Again showing their loving relationship. There’s a hesitation towards this therapy. The unorthodoxy of it.
18: WILLY tells them they can go in. Demonstrates Lionel’s former successes.
19-25: Bertie and Lionel feel each other out. “One can wait rather a long wait”. DOCTOR vs LIONEL setup of later reveal. THIS IS A POWER STRUGGLE. Lionel has to win over BERTIE’S trust. To make him feel safe. Comfortable. But he wins by staying calm. SILVERTONE recording.
Elise and I went back to WA for Christmas and New Year.
Here are a couple shots from the trip.
This New Year's Eve, we went back up to Northampton, WA and planned to take the Coronation Beach back road up to Oakabella.
Well... we tried to.
Scenes from the Korfball 2015 Christmas party.
Teppanyaki looks great in slow-mo.
G. Bryan Unger is the Associate National Executive Director of the Directors Guild of America. In our conversation we discussed the relationship between the DGA and ADG, how it’s changed since the ADG’s unionisation and the challenges facing directors guilds now and in the future.
How do you see the relationship between the ADG and DGA? Has it changed over time?
The ADG formed as a fraternal organisation (the Australian Screen Directors Association) early on. They weren’t certified as a union, but they got a lot of Australian Directors together, going back to the first wave of Australian films – the Peter Weir, Philip Noyce, Fred Schepsi and Gillian Armstrong group. They were making films in Australia, which were then getting noticed in the U.S., and a lot of those directors were coming over to work for American studios, and eventually joining the DGA.
The relationship between the DGA and the ADG began when the ADG started taking on a more formal structure in the 1990s (again, as ASDA at that time). There were some meetings with the English-speaking directors organisations: Directors Guild of Canada, DGA, the former Directors Guild of Great Britain and ASDA – we have been in communication and exchanging ideas for some time. The recent activity to become a union has sparked a renewed interest and opportunity to talk to people again and to help the ADG to facilitate its union’s formation.
Americans love to queue for stuff.
And this place is renowned for the fact that because they slow cook their meat for 12 hours, once they're out, they're out.
Strategically I planned this visit for an overcast day and only had to wait 90mins for barbecue.
It was worth it.
The Gutenberg Bible is the first book printed with movable type. This edition is at the Harry Ransom Centre in Austin, Texas.
It is truly one of the most underrated works of art and technology in human history.
I've spent the week bumming round LA, getting a lay of the city and have taken some shots.
This is such a wonderful contradiction of a city, and I love it.