Working on Sundays.

I think someone smart said Sundays are for resting.
I don't remember his name, something with a "G"

Sundays, to me, are much better spent doing something.
Right now I am by myself in an editing room with zero people, zero distractions (unless you count this) and absolutely nothing between me and getting something done.

I like that feeling.

The thing I want to get done is a new episode of ERB news.  
They are fun to make.
I like writing scripts with Lloyd's ridiculous Teddy Roosevelt voice in my mind, it may be my single favorite character to write for.
The second part is fun to, listening to Lloyd record take after take of ridiculousness.

One of the most interesting things about working with Lloyd is the way his improv background affects the way he does a take.
He never, ever, does a line the same way twice.  It can be challenging when you didn't have the microphone working and you missed something perfect and you want the same exact thing, but usually it's just hilarious over and over.

It's a subtle difference often times.
A slightly new emphasis on "huuuuuuge"  or a new chuckle.
Sometimes it's a completely made up word, like "hugecumber"

you'll see.

The process starts with an idea of what we want to say.
Then comes the tricky part, "how do we say this to a few million people and keep them entertained?"

Usually the answer lies in keeping ourselves entertained, and being brutally honest about it.
I like to pretend I'm someone else and watch my videos for the first imaginary time.
Then I like to pretend I'm somebody different and watch it again for the first imaginary time.

Whenever I do that, I hone in on different details, I find different things that distract me or bore me or annoy me, and I iron them out through editing.
Digital editing is giant iron that you can run back and forth over your project until it is as smooth as you want it to be.

Ironing is actually a pretty decent metaphor, because it covers the burning.
Going back and forth over the same video a thousand times has an interesting way of burning it into your subconscious.

That's a big part of why we need to take such big breaks, it takes about two weeks just to stop hearing the songs in your head.
Then it takes another two weeks to catch up on all the little things in life that you let slip.   Pay bills, feed cats, hang up lights, visit friends, plan futures.

Then it takes another couple days to get hungry, to get that burning desire to make great work, no matter how much time it takes or how much stress can come from the pressure of it.   That hunger drives us to keep pushing and reaching and trying to make things we will always be proud of.   
I'm lucky to have a partner in Lloyd who is as hungry, if not significantly hungrier, than I am.

On the days I want to give up, he encourages me, reminds me we can do it, reminds me it is worth trying.

-np


 

2 comments

  • Dagmar

    Dagmar Prague

    You have such a calming way of putting words together. I study screenwriting and I also write poems from time to time and it seems to me that you have both screenwriter and poet in you as well. Anyway I just wanted to leave a message saying that your work is really enjoyed and appreciated. It makes me happy to see someone work with such passion and share it with others too.

    You have such a calming way of putting words together.
    I study screenwriting and I also write poems from time to time and it seems to me that you have both screenwriter and poet in you as well.
    Anyway I just wanted to leave a message saying that your work is really enjoyed and appreciated. It makes me happy to see someone work with such passion and share it with others too.

  • np

    np

    @Dagmar that message is really kind, thank you. And thanks to your city for Staropramen, it was very kind to me last night. Good luck with all your writing. -np

    @Dagmar that message is really kind, thank you. And thanks to your city for Staropramen, it was very kind to me last night. Good luck with all your writing. -np

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