Stories heal all.

 

Sunday
Sep252016

Rehearsals for Delta Phi

Holding rehearsals is one of my favorite aspects of filmmaking. I often can't contain my glee at playing pretend with my colleagues. This isn't usually a problem but as I will be playing one the of leads in Delta Phi, I'm starting to wonder what I can do about it. It doesn't help that the script is funny by my standards (because I wrote it). 

I sort of hit the ground running after Real Boy since I knew I'd have more time and resources for my next project, so I started writing for Delta Phi sometime back in May of this year. Since I'm deeply connected to the subejct matter (it's about people who know they're not real and the woman who writes about them), the concept kept getting really heavy really quick, and humor was my best way to mitigate that. The script even has a sock puppet. 

We're shooting in two weeks and I have to solve this laughter problem, so I do a little research.

Laughter is a release in somatic tension. Our threshold for holding in laughter lowers based on the amount of tension we carry. Writers use this a lot in thrillers and action movies. Pretty much anything that breaks the pace will likely com across as hilarious. 

So I tried yoga. I'm practicing balance. Fixing my gaze on a single point. Breathing into my stomach. All the things that I tell my actors to do anytime we're on set, only now I finally get to hold myself to the same standard. I can manage not to laugh while I'm directing, but being engaged with the action, knowing that you're being observed, it's a different game. 

This past week we just practiced lines and a little blocking. I have yet to annotate the script so we haven't really dug in yet, although I do have concept maps and character sheets done. I'm hoping next week we can do some color coding and notate the tonal shifts with stickers. Time to go back to Office Max. 

It's fun though, I love it. Everytime we're acting it's like something invisible and special fills up the room, something so different from the seeming irrelevance of daily ilfe that it makes me wonder how anyone could want to do anything else besides make stories. 

 

Peace,

Ayah

#deltaphifilm

Tuesday
Aug232016

Real Boy, an Allegory

Thursday
Jul212016

Cope Syndrome, a novel

Some novels take a month to write. 

Some take a year.

Some take nine ;) 

Finished Cope Syndrome today, my friends. 

Tuesday
Apr192016

Real Boy, an Allegory

 

Hi! Thanks for waiting on me. I just wanted to let you know that my primary focus during this hiatus has been the writing, direction and production of my new film, Real Boy, an Allegory.

Real Boy is a narrative film shot documentary-style about Rabbit and Mouse as they butt heads over Rabbit's flirtatious behavior to other animals in the community. Both Rabbit and Mouse have a lot of experience with being in stories and I was able to get quite up close and personal with them for this film. 

The film is in post production now, and you can follow the hastag #realboyfilm for updates from me and some other members of the cast and crew. 

Talk to you soon!

Saturday
Jan022016

Hiatus

I've invested a lot of time over the last year holding open doors for my career, writing, studying business models and the like, and again and again I've come up against the secret of focus. To do one thing at a time is better and more productive than spreading yourself thin. It is in the spirit of this advice that I am officially and intentially taking a hiatus from the blog and podcast. 

I've committed to making two films over the next year and a half, as well as (hopefully) publishing my long term writing projects, some of which I have worked on for at least several years. There is so much work and planning for this site that never sees the light of day because it doesn't get the attention it needs. My plan is to put things on hold for now, and come back at a time when I can give undivided (or at least less divided) attention to teaching. 

Thanks for sticking with me this far. While the hiatus will go for at least six months on the blog, podcast, and youtube channel, you can still follow me on twitter in the meantime: twitter.com/shethewriter 

I'll be posting updates on my writing and film projects on twitter for those interested in following along. Thanks again and keep writing!