Your second-favourite HoboSapien has found himself mid-way through week two of what we're calling my "Residency on the Island". (I say "second-favourite", as I wouldn't want to be so bold as to simply claim first place in a race of such vast import.)
Cam MacDuffee and I are currently sitting around the dining room table, hashing out the log line, character descriptions, and beats of his script. Flashes of brilliance appear like sun-dappled rocks under the pristine waters of the West River which flows past the house. We pause to enjoy them, laughing down to our socks, and then shift our focus back to the sharper work.
The process of unearthing shows is one I take considerable delight in. I particularly enjoy being a Midwife in a project, a position I've taken up many times before. This is Cam's show, and I defer to his judgement. I listen, respond, and occasionally suggest some exercises to give him direction, form, or structure drawn from whatever shards of experience have drifted across my transom. I've talked him through Joseph Campell's "Hero's Journey" and laid out the script structure of Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat". Both are great tools for unlocking a story. I've also thrown a few Keith Johnstone things in to the mix for good meaure. Thankfully, Cam trusts my experience and I'm happy to jump around and get excited. Some would call this work Dramaturgy, though I hesitate to use the word. I like "midwife" much better. I've often looked at my creative endeavours as children, and to have the opportunity to help in a birth is a pretty damn special thing.
Cam MacDuffee has been a host of hosts, and this peace of land couldn't be better for the wandering soul. Script work, painting, sketching, a walk in the woods, oh... and, we watched the first Muppet's Movie the other night.
Karen returns from her tour today and we're looking forward to a fun-packed weekend: card games, a trip to the market, and perhaps a Tiny-House Party (details to come on that one, folks). Tiny Houses seem to be all the rage out here. I'm curious.