As you may remember, a few weeks ago Mike delivered the final draft of the script. "Done," he announced. "Now we can move on," he implied.
That is decidedly not the case.
It's weird how, as the the big production machine has started up, how my reading of the script has changed. Don't get me wrong, I still love it and Mike is still a phenomenal writer, but suddenly I'm seeing all these little things that we can change. And some big things.
I suppose it's all part of the process when dealing with the realities of budgets. For instance, as much as I love that huge fiery EMT scene in the middle of the script I realize now that it might be a little budgetarily problematic. Pesky thing, money. It never seems to go as far as you want it to go.
However, with lack of resources comes creative solutions. Assuming that those scenes aren't vital to the larger piece (like, our EMT scene), it's a perfect place to downgrade the spectacle, increase the personal drama, and help bolster the scenes that can really use some extra attention from the money fairy. This kind of creative bookkeeping, makes you, and the audience, appreciate more fully those big scenes, and helps give those lesser scenes more focus.
I'm in the process of making my big list of changes, so we'll see what happens. I'm sure that as long as I keep the purpose of those scenes intact Mike will go along with it and as long as it stretches our dollars more Andy will love it. Producers, amirite?
I'm just hoping that the changes I make now, will help lessen those sudden changes we'll inevitably have to make in the field. He says, realizing he just jinxed himself...