Animated Feature – Mistakes and Fluency
If fluency comes in part from making your share of mistakes, then I need to factor that into my writing.
Actually, any time kept for editing and rewrites is a good idea, and too often I have not factored that in to my daily schedule.
But now I am doing that. Here is how I plan my writing schedule right now.
Cues written in the morning, bare-bones with indication of chords rather than writing them out fully. I will indicate whatever orchestration comes, but if not I will not spend time on that then. The goal is to get the music down quickly.
From this sketch I do a quick and dirty piano performance of the cue to check against the image.
Then, after lunch, I do all editing and rewrites I need before I start filling out the orchestration.
After the orchestration is done I do a mock-up to send to the director.
This is a tentative schedule, of course. The writing I am doing now is a very rough cut, but because things are running a bit behind in the production I had to do some work ahead of time so that things go faster once I get the film!
I can guess that it will be a race to the finish – I will be one busy body come November and December to get ready for the recording date in January!
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