Scale of Problems
Have you noticed that when
you have a really big problem to deal with in life that any small
problematic issues of that time pale into insignificance. People
often say under these circumstances, "It takes something
like this to put everything in perspective". The value of
any issue is an entirely subjective matter and varies enormously
depending the environment around it.
The same applies
to creative problems in performance or story telling issues.
When a creative concern appears to be as large as Mount Everest
then any other problem of Mount Kosciusko size seems entirely
insignificant. Mount Kosciusko sized problems under these circumstances
are often ignored.
However once the
Mount Everest problem has been dealt with and therefore no longer
exists, suddenly any Mount Kosciusko sized issues appear of daunting
JUSTIN LEHMANN & MARNIE REEECE-WILMORE
at the fourth draft read through.
was present at
the 3rd & 4th
"Such is Life" Journey
The development of a play manuscript for "Such is Life"
has conformed to these sort of phases.
The first draft
had an Everest sized concept issue which embraced the whole work.
A new structure was developed and because of the major changes
this involved and also because it was now heading in the right
direction the second draft received a warm response. The 'Everest
sized' issues in the second draft were significantly to do with
being excessively long.
The third draft
dealt with these issues and a full reading of the script focused
attention on the 'Everest sized' problem of the ending.
At this stage the
beginning was seen to be in manageable shape with some minor
'Kosciusko sized' issues to be dealt with. So, the fourth draft
worked on the Kosciusko problems of the beginning but significantly
focused on the 'Everest sized' issues of the ending.
At the fourth draft
reading it was agreed that the ending was now in reasonable shape
but the previously assessed 'Kosciusko sized' minor problems
of the beginning now appeared of Everest proportions. The next
step now needs to be taken
Goals and Primary Processses
Generally, the main task of any creative professional is to prevent
the problems that emerge defeating the real purpose of a project.
It is this continual wrestling with the problems to find a balance
in the elements of story telling which will allow a story to
fulfill its potential. This is the main challenge for the writer
(To the right JEREMY STANFORD
& STAN TSITAS, below JOHN HIGGINSON.)
subjective nature of assessment is common to all creative areas.
The editor having altered one cut to remedy an Everest sized
problem suddenly finds a new one has appeared. The editor needs
to keep working and revising until a balance is achieved.
For the actor, rehearsal is
the tool that reveals the problems so that a balance of performance
process and story telling can be achieved. The process of correction
is an ordinary and essential part of any creative process. So
'Everest sized' problems should not be seen as mistakes or errors.
They are in fact inevitable, positive stepping-stones to a successful
So let's embrace the problems,
revel in the challenges and climb the Everest's that naturally
stand in the way of progress towards our own performance peak.
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