Sunday, May 2, 2010

Notes on read through

A little late notice but better late then never:


- Timing is key in this setting. A misplaced zombie groan or an out of place audience scream can kill the mood.
- (Something for me to do) re-emphasize specific beats within each scene. Seeing the play read under a more professional light showed me something on how important it is for actors to know when to emphasize.

- Possible trimming of some of the dialogue? Felt like the play lagged in some ways.
- Work on reformatting to play

All I can think of for now

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Script Format Change


First of all good luck tomorrow on the read through. I anticipate laughing, crying, and some weird stares but honestly that's all I can really expect at this point. Secondly, I'm not sure if this script is going to progress into the second half of the class but I will be transerfering into play format. I'd like to continue this throughout the rest of the term but we'll have to see how that pans out.

Break a leg, and keep the scripts you've been using up to this point.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Part Replacement

Ya'll, and specificaly Stephen:

I know its a bit short notice but after hearing a reading by Stephen on Thursday I'd like to claim him for the part of Steve Allen. I was hoping Eli could continue his involvement with the part but if he has other things to deal with beyond this project I'm also fine with that.

That said...

Notes for Steve Allen/the actual Stephen:

- He is the quintessential 50's TV character
- He is bright, enthusiastic, and highly adaptable to a world filled with the undead
- He's a loud guy but he doesn't yell

And most importantly...

He refuses to die.

Hope that helps.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Character Elaboration

A fine early evening to everyone:

After last weeks reading it's come to my attention that I should maybe elaborate on the characters a little bit more, so with that here's a description of each character beyond some of the small prefaces I wrote into the script:

Steve Allen:
A strong personality willing to go to any lengths to place a product. Strong, charismatic, eager, and very typical to early 1950's culture. Open to necessary killing and not about to be eaten by a hoard of zombies.

Production assistant to the Steve Allen show and an acquaintance of Allen. Comfortable making small talk with him and shooting the shit but still troubled by the idea of the zombie Apocalypse. Easily frightened by the idea of a zombie banging on his front door.

Radio News Announcer:
Very professional when on the air but desperate for coverage. The complete opposite when off the air and willing to bash intern.

An intern to radio station. Young, frightened, nervous, and completely unable to report the news. Most importantly unable to properly handle a weapon.

Angry Man:
A well armed, possibly southern, reconstructionist white male.

Angry Woman:
Consort to the Angry Man. Equally as angry and reconstructionist and would follow her partner off a cliff if need be.

James Watson:
Charming, witty, and one of the fathers of modern genetics. Has encountered a series of problems in his attempt to isolate, and analyze the structure of Deoxyriboneuclaic Acid. Friend and long time compatriot to Francis Crick. No animosity in that relationship, only a strong desire to mutually discover the key to the DNA structure. Tickled but still pissed at the fact that there's an angry mob outside of his lab.

Francis Crick:
Worried and worn thin by the zombie uprising yet still capable of coherent experimentation. Second half of Watson and willing to go to the ends of the earth for his friend and lab partner. Slightly more frightened by the zombies.

Questions/Comments/Concerns? Leave a comment and I'll get back to you,


Friday, April 16, 2010

i was re-reading the revisions for the news announcer, and they all make sense except for the very end of my part. it still says dave. i know it doesn't matter for my lines, but for the final script it would probably be best to change it.

overall good job! thanks for the fast revisions!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Script Update

A fine evening to you all on this fair night.

Just wanted to let everybody know that I just completed a revision of the script and will be sending it out shortly. The biggest change was the addition of the zombie plotline into the third scene, however I also added wrote in Eli's character and made some adjustments to the back and forth between Ralph and Richard. Besides some grammar corrections that's about it at this point. Let me know what you think and if there are any clarifications needed feel free to ask.

Have a good weekend,