While I can’t say that the last few days have been fruitful with regards to my screenplay rewrite (the usual things preventing me from concentrating apply), our class today was another matter entirely. We had a special guest fore our lecture: Chris Martinez, screenwriter and director of One Hundred, Babae sa Septic Tank, Caregiver, Here Comes the Bride, Kimidori, and many other movies (including the upcoming I Do Be Do Be Doo). Mr. Martinez was nice enough to give us a bit of his time (he was supposed to be overseeing the rehearsal in I Do Be Do Be Doo) and answer some of our questions regarding screenplay writing.
First off, let me say that, compared to some of us in the class, the guy is a monster, in both finding inspiration for his scripts (One Hundred was inspired by his musings on mortality; Babae sa Septic Tank was due to the reactions of international festival watchers of One Hundred), as well as the pace at which he writes says scripts: while he mentioned that the longest time he’s spent was about a year, he normally is able to finish a screenplay for a full-length production in less than three weeks. Some local writers can do the same in less time of course, but for someone like me, who’s struggling with even five pages a day, it’s very impressive.
Mr. Martinez was candid throughout the time he was with the class, and answered what he could of our questions (which, not surprisingly, were just a few, given how my classmates have a propensity for clamming up whenever they’re put on the spot). And, yeah, it was kind of expected that he sympathized with how hard it was to do a rewrite after pouring everything out on one’s first draft.
The rest of the class was spent on the nitty gritty of what we’re expected to submit after the Holy Week. On the plus side, no need for Hollywood-style formatting, or keeping to the expected eighty-to-one-hundred page limit. On the down side, by naming a final submission date the pressure I’ve been feeling over the past few days was ramped even more. Darnit.
Anyway, I have the rest of the week off to finally focus on the rewrite properly, so it’ll help move things along. Being a reserved LOA though my salary by the next payday will take a hit, but it’s worth it, I guess.
As for other things, my sister’s wedding (on the 15th of April) is fast approaching. While I’ve somehow managed to slim down to the point where I can squeeze into my old jeans again, I’m still not sure I can comfortably wear the ensemble she’s going to have us wear for the occasion. And frustratingly enough, my weight hasn’t moved a single bit from where it was at the start of the month.
I think it’s now time to apply the pressure on the dieting side of things on top of the usual exercise.