Arriving in Cardiff last weekend I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was anxious regarding my adaptation piece, primarily because I had lots of questions and very few answers; such as what IS this story about? Through speaking with my tutor and actually hearing the concept out loud, I surprised myself by answering many of my own (and my tutor’s) questions. I left the brief tutorial happy that my adaption has a strong central story (man seeks love but is afraid of being hurt) and also having regained my confidence in my choice of book. One difficulty that remains is that because my adaption is based on a biography I find that I want to remain as truthful to reality as I can, more so than I would if I was adapting a piece of fiction. I’m reconciled to that fact that I need to condense the timeframe of the story (changing six years into six months) and that some characters will need to be removed from the script, or perhaps contracted into one character. I feel I’m fully back on board with my adaptation. Overall, a good morning’s work.
Another insightful part of the weekend was reading Act 1 from several of my colleagues’ scripts and providing feedback in small groups. The read-throughs were great; it really is amazing how different a script seems when read aloud. On a very basic level, it was good to just read some scripts in various genres and become immersed in the process for a while. I’m not sure if I was in a particularly talented group or if we’re all just AMAZING writers (I suspect a little of both) but it felt like a genuinely supportive process that we all took part in and hopefully everyone else benefited from it as much as I feel I did. This time next year, it’ll be my script being read.
The end of the weekend also signified the last weekend in Cardiff until 2nd Year begins. The last weekend of 1st Year takes place in the Welsh countryside in May. That’s right- 1st Year is nearly complete. Eeep.