CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Script Writing

Tomorrow is another big work day for the festival...

Marilyn mistressmarilyn is especially slammed at work right now, so I was hoping to help her with some things. But after talking, I think I'm working from home while she goes in.

I'm pretty good on the parade script, believe it or not!

Plus this past Friday I did a very careful job of proofing the other parade script (the one I used to do every year).

So, I had to reformat a bunch of it (can you say hard page break people?) -- and I rewrote and edited some of the rest of it. Yes, I'm kind of picky about the whole thing after all these years...

Doing the script is my paid gig (as Marilyn refers to it) -- and my main form of professional writing, I guess. (smile)

But considering all the Copy I write for other purposes, certainly not the only thing that qualifies...

I actually offered to help more last year with the other parade script, but the young woman doing it wasn't interested. (sigh) It was full of major mistakes that I had to keep apologizing for during the PA meeting (which I always head up). I'd be explaining how we write the script and why we do it that way -- only she would have done it entirely differently!

For example, things are written in order of importance. The first paragraph would be the most important things to say, in other words. Scripts are read live at an event (in this case, a parade), so there's no way of knowing in advance how long you'll really have for any given entry to go past any given spot. We can estimate it, but it's something of an art.

Each year we end up with new people reading the scripts (along with many experienced announcers). They need to know what parts of the script can be dumped if need be -- and what parts must be retained.

If these are written correctly, it's not difficult to explain. But last year we basically had to go through them one by one -- something we normally never do! It was a disaster. And the girl was sitting there almost the whole time, listening to me correct her script and apologize for it. (yikes) I actually felt bad for her. I'd have felt more sympathy, though, if she'd been willing to listen to me about it, frankly. I tried to tell her a couple of times, but she made it clear it was her script and she was going to do it her way.

The young woman who proofed it had no way to know what needed to be 'fixed' in it. She caught the spelling errors and so on. There is some bad grammar deliberately used, so it's not like you can really clean that up, either. You just have to know what you're looking for -- which is why I'm the perfect person to proof that other script, because I did it for years and years...

If I'm being honest, it's really much harder to do that script -- which is exactly what I always said, by the way.

Interestingly enough, I'm the last paid Copywriter that the festival employs. All the rest of the things are now done 'In House' -- with Staff writing the Copy.

Many years ago we used to have a seasonal PR person who was also our Copywriter, named Art. Gosh, I used to love that guy! I hadn't thought about him in ages when Marilyn mentioned him...

Anyway, we're only a few days out from the start of the 2008 festival. I can't believe it! Tomorrow is Memorial Day. I'm in heavy denial.

Or as we always say at this point, this puppy is practically over right now! (heh)

Marilyn's been clearing off our DVR. It was full of news stories from the 2007 festival and it was a blast watching them back! They did one featuring sister Sue that took both of us completely by surprise. They'd seen Sue's festival memory at the Story Blog (my main coding project last year) and picked her to go on the news! It was on, then off, then on again several times -- but they did end up doing it. Very special, and something we didn't have anything to do with, as much as that surprised others.

We had several instances of Marilyn on the news, something she does so well. Then we also cleared out the recent stuff from this year -- and I'd never seen it! I was plainly visible in several scenes, which came as a total surprise to me. I'd had someone tell me they'd 'seen me on TV,' but I hadn't taken it seriously. But now it seems that they were right after all...

When we were shooting that, I'd believed I was in the background enough to be entirely invisible. Which shows you how easy it is for a camera to see things we'd never guess at.

Anyway, we're actually going to take time to go to a movie tonight (!!!), so I'd better sign off. More about that tomorrow, hopefully!
Tags: 2008, marilyn, may-2008, sister-sue, work

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