When I was still at UCLA, I wrote to get ahead of deadlines after deadlines. I punched out words but left my heart at the doorstep. It was all motion and zilch emotion. But mainly because emotion was so much harder.
Today, a director sent me a few audition tapes for my opinion. For the first time in my just-started screenwriting career, I see actors doing actions and dialogues that I wrote and rewrote for countless times.
It was pure magic.
When I told the director that I felt so strongly about one particular actor who auditioned for the lead. He replied, “Yes! He nailed it.” Just like that, I saw the birth of the character in flesh and blood right out of my words.
To say the least, I’m so grateful for the director keeping me involved in the casting process. Not only did he benefit from my understanding of the characters, I also saw how the actors worked my material. Some problems are in the acting, and some are definitely confusing writing.
Screenwrting is physical, it’s writing with our whole body and heart. And I know exactly what I need to revise in this new story that I’m working on.