Two For The Book
There are constant drips and trickles of life that goes into one's awareness and consciousness of things. -- film director, Mike Leigh
This exercise is an invitation to move from thinking like a director to an actor, and then to a writer.
LISTEN: Podcast - Who Am I This Time? With Eddie Marsan hosted by David Morrissey.
This conversation describes the minutia of the director and actor relationship.
WRITE: In the interview with David Morrissey, you heard Eddie Marsan talk about many of Mike Leigh’s techniques to create Vera Drake’s storyline. One of his methods is to make a list of 150 people the actor has come across in his lifetime and start to whittle this list down to 2 - 5 characters on which Marsan can base his character in the film.
Step one: Write down the names of 25 people you’ve come in contact with over your life. They can be family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Try not to overthink this part. Write down names or descriptions as they come into your conscience.
Step two: Whittle it down to the five most distinct people -- those with characteristics and personalities that pop in your memory.
Step three: Now, create two characters that possess the qualities of these five people. Try not to let them share qualities. The more different they are, the better.
Step four: Write a conversation between these two people about a book one has and the other wants.
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