Exploring the story structure
The three excellent writing groups from the previous session were reunited and each group had a series of questions to answer about their stories. This was to enable the stories themselves to make structural sense i.e. it is clear what happens and why from beginning to end. At this stage the details don't matter to much but instead you just need to know that your story is getting the message of your film across loud and clear. All of the details can be added once this is in place ...
Putting on your practical producer hat
The groups were also asked to consider whether some of their story elements were practical to include. This meant thinking about possible locations they had in mind and other details that might be hard to source or create. Hopefully you can start of with 'anything is possible' and then get as close to what you want as possible, but sometime reality can make you rethink things sometimes but hopefully that shouldn't affect your story and will just involve some minor detail changes.
Each group then reviewed their story and we discussed what details still needed to be added. The story structures were sound and each got its message across clearly. Next week we will add any further details and then start looking at some of the pre-production elements like locations, props, costumes, shot types and storyboards ...