Eight days until the reading.
Luckily, most of the actors I contacted are available at the same time, a rarity when people are volunteering their valuable time. All I have to do now is do another script revision and we’re good to go. Easy, right?
Well, when it rains, it pours. Another round of revisions are due on Broad Daylight, the short film that is scheduled to be shot in the coming months. And another round of revisions are due immediately on It is Done, as we are getting closer to production and obviously, a completed and excellent script is kind of important at this stage of the game. Three deadlines within days of each other. It’s the perfect storm of deadlines, only without the threat of drowning or getting harpooned like John C. Reilly.
In addition, my wife and I are going out of town for a weekend in wine country, like one does in Southern California in the fall.
So what to do? First, like anyone with a lengthy to do list, it feels good to cross something off right away, so I tackled the Broad Daylight revisions. There wasn’t a ton to do, so it was a quick job. Finished. Emailed to director. Crossed off list. Moving on.
But how to handle two scripts with deadlines at the same time? The younger me would cancel my weekend trip, hunker down with my drafts, caffeine, and carbs, and shut the blinds. Is the older (ahem, current) me a slacker? Am I lazier than my younger self? Less hungry?
Possibly. But I’m going to say I’m a better, more confident writer now. I can make decisions quicker and formulate solutions more efficiently. I don’t have to write something down and then spend hours wringing my hands, wondering if it’s the right decision. It either is the right decision or it isn’t, and those who are reading the drafts will be forgiving if the decisions are wrong. It’s not going directly from my computer to your movie screen.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not satisfied with half-assed work. I just no longer aim for perfection.
Because perfection is unattainable.
So off we go to wine country. And in 48 hours I will get back to work. And I will get the job done.