Well, I am at the airport about to begin the long journey back home. Nathan’s hugging has caught on with most of the team now. I thought I would take the time to give a bit of an insider view as someone who is joining an Open Movie team for the first time and has also never been to Amsterdam.
The city itself is fantastic! It is familiar enough to feel like home and different enough to feel like an adventure at the same time. The people (mainly the team) help a lot with this welcoming feeling. However, this isn’t a tourist blog – we have travelled from our respective corners of the globe to make an awesome movie!
The main thing I have taken from this week that will be hopefully be as uplifting for the community as it was for the team is that storyline will be king. I’m not just saying this to calm any fears about the story being weak just because there is action – we are all genuinely pouring a lot of ourselves into the story to have it as strong as possible right from the start. We scheduled in several sessions at the beginning of the week to make sure the story was discussed, but from day one nearly all our spare time seemed to naturally come back to story discussion. How would characters react to certain events? Why would the world we are creating work in such a way? What would be the most logical yet engaging way to tie all the various plot points together?
During these times we began to watch the first of many clips and short films as examples come to mind. The language barriers can sometimes be less of an issue than the creative ones – ie. making sure we are all on the same page with a certain concept. For the most part, it seems that our collective ideas on what we envision ‘Durian’ to be are already quite consistent which is an amazing feeling.
Of course you have seen in previous posts that there has been much discussion on other aspects of the project such as development targets, team roles and so on – but each discussion comes back to the story concepts in some way with a resolve to make them stronger.
Epic fun – Epic win! 🙂