Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Chris Blundell2
Rewriting: Making it good
So, the writing part of The Hit Squad Movie is officially over. We spent longer on it than we’d liked to, but we feel the movie is better for it.
We have now changed around 40% of the original script that Chris wrote, which seems quite a lot, but its for the better. You know when you cut branches off a tree to make it grow stronger? Same thing.
Writing is a difficult thing to try and explain to people because its not just putting words on a piece of paper, you have to let ideas ferment, as well as sit and write until you cant do it anymore (one writing session lasted from 10pm to 9am the next morning non stop).
There’s a phrase: ‘writing is rewriting’, and thats what we wanted to do until there was nothing there that we weren’t happy with.
Typically, it goes like this:
- Read through the entire script
- Note down things that need/may need changing
- Discuss changes
- Note down what changes need to be made
- Type up changes
- Go back to step 1
Jordan and I did that until we both agreed that any more changes would be negligible. The extra time paid off because now the script is solid, awesome, hilarious and exciting and just feels like its the movie it was always meant to be.
Now the next stage is turning those words into 129,600 images*
*(90 minutes x 60 seconds x 24 frames per second)