Day 4 of writing retreat
Day 4 was fab. Finally broke through the loss of the Fiji scene (I know, what’s the big deal?) and wrote all the way through Act 2. I feel the argument of the film and the narrative are joining nicely. This film won’t be for everyone, but frankly, who cares about that, now? I think its going to be good, and I trust some others will, too. I wrote Samir’s final speech, a unity of the natural commons and created commons, and the joy of a bright, somewhat unknown future guided by the commons-esque notion of a gift (a la Lewis Hyde). Knowing more about the end informs the rest of the script. I also feel I have a handle on the documentary/fiction blend within scenes. The whole is something that needs to be examined more closely, but I’m not ready for that, yet. I did figure out that a scene Jason wrote that takes place in a great commons – an AA meeting – is going to be near the end and in a way deal with Samir’s addiction to repeating old mistakes. In the room are archetypes of all kinds of people representing “recovering” institutions that want to steer a new path in the bold “share economy” of the future and not be doomed to repeat past mistakes. I know that sounds rather vague or silly or incomplete — so, you’ll just have to read it. I’ll post a draft of the script in a month or so, once its been revised and a few trusted souls feel it is ready for your feedback. Just an hour or so before I leave to rejoin my family “up north” (as they say here in Wisconsin). My goal: get the new outline up on the white board so that I can attack acts 3 and 4 next week. Act 5 (the final act) is in pretty good shape.