On Desert Island Discs Julian Fellows said how he had written 20 screenplays before he got his break; it helped that he was in the arena as an actor.
I have 8 screenplays and a couple of TV series.
Like Julian Fellowes I have been involved in Children’s TV too, though with much frustration I repeatedly found myself behind a closed door at the very final stage of either directing various children’s dramas or having a script commissioned and produced. Like ideas in the past the ‘next script’ has made it from my head to the page. I woke this morning with the scene that brings the story to a close, a good place to be.
I glanced through the Technique Library for B822, ‘Creativity, Innovation and Change’.
This is a Filofax like folder of 200 ideas, one per card, in alphabetical order. My immediate idea would be to have it all in a relational database tool like FileMaker Pro. Indeed, in the early 1990s there was a CD called ‘Ideafisher’ which achieved some of this. It could be an App, though I imagine there are a myriad of copyright issues.
This strikes me as less of a process as something we do automatically. I woke to this, dwelling on things that may or may not work in relation to a business problem. A narrative, with its alternatives scenes, is a way to think something through and even share your thinking.
I then realise there had been a dream too. This happens when you reposition yourself in bed and find yourself lying the way you were when you had the dream; try it. I attended a meeting where I felt neither my experience, nor my ideas were heard and rather than hang around as I knew the thing would ramble on with many opinions being expressed, no decision taken and the idea from the highest ranking person would trumping all others.
I can run through a list of 20+ questions that help analyse this further, I won’t (certainly not in public), however I will offer this.
I could have taken myself back into the dream, in a semi-conscious state and behaved differently. Indeed, I may try it tonight. I can see the set up, the meeting place as a train carriage or a marquee (don#t ask!) I know the protagonists. I know why I was thinking about the issue.
This time what do I do differently?
Lobby everyone before hand? Ensure that I have an ally? Invite in a new comer to mix it all up? Change the venue. Aim to be the last to leave rather than the first?
Decades ago, when I first got into this, on a family holiday where my older sister introduced me to the concept of interpreting dreams, I got used to sitting up and jotting down the ideas. You can’t do this for long. You realise you may dream four or five times a night. By becoming conscious of them you wake up of course. And the very act of consciously thinking about the dream changes what it was, or embeds the scenario. I’ve analysed a few in this blog.