Except for the very last scene, I’ve made it through a revamped outline of Act One. I know I’ve said this before, but the scenes really do seem to move along at a somewhat brisker pace. I also noticed how a lot of extra, unnecessary action has been cut.
There’s always this feeling of…accomplishment when I rewrite something in a completely different way. Not only does it still work, but it works better. That’s kind of how it feels with this.
The goal now is to get the actual pages done, which may not take as long as I think. At least that’s how it seems.
Since I’m working extended shifts this week and next, my “get it done at work” mode has been severely inhibited. I’ll try to make some progress with tightening things up for at least the first half of Act Two during that time. My editing hat sits at the ready.
-Movie of the Moment – MY ONE AND ONLY, a drama about well-tanned actor George Hamilton’s mother, before he was famous. K put this on our Netflix queue, but I had heard about it. Renee Zellweger plays the lead, and does a formidable job portraying a beautiful woman past her prime who leaves her philandering bandleader husband (played by a leathery-faced Kevin Bacon), and takes her two teenage sons across the country, looking for a husband, or at least somebody to support her financially.
For such a specific story that you know has a happy ending (George becomes an actor), it was the literal journey the characters took that was so interesting. For the most part, they work their way west from New York to Los Angeles, stopping wherever there may be a chance for help. Throughout it all, Zellweger keeps the mother’s attitude positive, despite the obviousness of how desperate she’s becoming. It was nice to see her really work her acting muscles.
Although this looked like a small production, there were several well-known actors in small parts, primarily those of the mother’s potential suitors. Even more interestingly, the real George Hamilton never appears whatsoever. But there is a line of dialogue soon after they get to LA where George is told to get to the beach and get some sun because he’s so pale. I couldn’t help but wonder if that was intentional.