Do What the John Wants

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Originally published in www.doesthisfontmakemelookfat.com on Sept 20, 2012

Notes sessions are where the people you are writing a script for tell you what they want fixed. A script writer friend told us once, “You do what the John wants.” It cracked us up because it was so spot on, and has become part of our vocabulary.

Yesterday Laura and I met at the Avalon at 3pm with Jessica Bellis Rogers, Tim Weigand, Cece Davis and Liza Ledford for another notes session. Jessica, Tim and Cece told us they had spent about five hours over the weekend (with helpful input from Liza) going over the latest version of the script. They had some excellent suggestions — tweaks mostly that can be made with slight changes to already existing lines of dialogue. It was suggested we move one scene. Easy with cut and paste.

Then Tim mentioned, sotto voce, that they wanted the changes made by Monday morning because they are going to start auditions Monday evening. Excuse me, what did you just say? Laura and I are both jammed up today (Thursday) with other commitments, but that leaves Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Piece of cake. The Avalon folks were a little apologetic, but we know this is how the process works. At some point it starts to get intense.

Cece is going to help with the social media piece and we are really grateful. Jessica commented that at the Avalon they struggle with how much time to devote to social media. It can suck you right up, so having someone on board who doesn’t have to learn it from scratch will be huge.

After two intense hours the meeting started to break up, but we didn’t leave the theater until ten of six. Jessica wanted some photos of Laura and me for PR purposes. (Note to self: always assume when you go to a meeting that photos might be taken and wear mascara!) As we left the Avalon we looked at each other and laughed. “Do what the John wants,” we said simultaneously.

I’ve just downloaded the pictures (which were taken on my camera) and we are to come up with some author quotes about the process thus far and send it all to the person who is going to write the first press release. The Avalon folks offered us that opportunity, but we passed.

Monday is rushing at us.

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