Oh yeah, baby, I did it! I was preparing all sorts of excuses but none were needed. Rogue Slash was completed in 3½ hours, with two half hour breaks.
I planned on doing a step outline yesterday and then decided to do one within the five hours but I didn't do one at all in the end. If I was doing a script that was longer I wouldn't dream of not having a step outline but for a short I wanted to try a draft without one. It could have been pure laziness but I felt my "pseudo beat sheet" was enough. It's not a proper complete beat sheet but it had just enough images and plot points to be getting on with. Of course it meant I struggled a bit in the latter stages where I hadn't worked things out properly but it seemed to come together alright.
Of course the main thing is actually setting a goal and finishing a goal (something the useless Blues strikers could have learnt from today) but I don't think I completely solved the lack of conflict problem in the first part and the second part with the major conflict is perhaps too short. Tone may also be an issue as the ending may come as a surprise in something with slapstick gags.
I always say it's best to start with a theme but for some reason I didn't even think of a theme until Potsy mentioned she had one so I had to look at what theme emerged subconsciously and then emphasise that in the writing. Either way works, the main thing is having a theme.
Although I kept it relatively cheap I decided to abandon doing something really cheap. But in the re-writes I may think of a way to have less locations and set-ups.
The things I've learnt is that it's all well and good writing down nice dialogue and gags in our notebooks but we have to be writing down images as well. Images that can possibly replace dialogue. I love dialogue intensive work,if it's good dialogue like the sadly just cancelled Gilmore Girls, but I have to force myself to think more visually.
I've read Rogue Slash and I really like it. In the old days I would have sent it to a producer the next day but I know that in one or two weeks I'm going to read it again and suddenly notice lots of things that need changing.
But the main thing I've learnt from the process is just do it! Cheers to Potsy for the idea.
If you're curious you can read the first draft for yourself:
Rogue Slash (pdf).
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