Hello, everyone! [Waves.] It is awards season again and I thought I’d try to impress the voters even though I have not been nominated for anything this year (that’s how thirsty I am).
|Note: Many of the photos in this post will have to be blurred-out because this is copyrighted material and the permission to use were given for Jakarta Players’ use only (that doesn’t include my personal use here, and I don’t want to get in trouble or spoil the play for people who have never seen it before—no copyright violation intended—so, sorry about that, at the same time I’ll still try to be as helpful and illustrative as possible about this).|
So without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen and everyone in between: My awards campaign…
I have been planning this blog post for quite a while now, I thought since I already mentioned it briefly in passing on my 2017 planners and journals blog post, I might as well actually do an entire post about it:
This time, I’ll try to keep it as short and concise as possible, and no waffling (besides, I’m still traumatised from the time I drafted my 11,000+ word post straight into WordPress’ blog editor and it kept crashing on Chrome—and then the cursor would go missing and I’d accidentally delete chunks of paragraphs in the process and then I’d have to go through my backups to copy and paste the missing pieces in). Nothing went right, everything went wrong. Okay, so I just waffled. Right there. I just waffled. I was going to crack a joke, but that would count as waffling, so I won’t. This is going to be the driest, most straight-forward blog post ever. Where was I? Right: Planning.
I thought since I mentioned briefly how I organised my screenplay and stageplay in my 2017 planners and journals blog post, I’d ! At the time, I wrote the following:
It’s weird, I know… But they’re the centre of my universe. Now can you imagine how it must feel for someone like me to lose my scripts on set? Terrifying. I would have a meltdown, definitely. Because my screenplay/stageplays are never ‘pristine’ or ‘clean’ (maybe have one colour highlighter) like other actors. My scripts contain tons of notes and everything is colour-coded (I draw boxes around my bits, which makes it less overwhelming when I read the thing in its entirety to make sense of where my character stands/the scene’s context, but until I have my bits separated, I can’t really get them to sink-in).
I originally planned it on and to be released on the same day, on the occasion of Mr. Holmes’s birthday (because I just read “The Noble Bachelor” after comparing Sidney Paget’s drawing’s to Pamela Colman Smith’s artwork—long story) and I am now obsessed in Mr. Holmes again, although I celebrate his birthday every year like a real friend anyway usually. And I wanted to celebrate his birthday with activities other than those which involve breaking New Year’s resolutions (or behaving like a complete nutter, such as pre-ordering a 2018 daily planner on the 6th day of January because of how traumatised my last experience left me). Alas, I could not get it done on the exact day I originally scheduled it (got sick and stuff).
The picture above is what the script and notebook looked like not long after they were just handed to me. And when I went to stationery store (and lost my mind). It no longer looks like that. Nowadays it looks battered and romantically time-worn, more like this:
Because I literally take it with me everywhere. Because that’s just how I role (pun intended). When I’ve been cast in something, I carry my scripts around with me everywhere I go like a safety blanket until it’s opening night (even if I’m already off-book) or filming. It just helps me feel like I have it together when I have it on my person…
So I’d take them everywhere. Everywhere:
At one point I used it to prove to an Army Doctor that I needed to be discharged pronto!
I also always write notes on my scripts… Always.
I even write notes on screenplay that isn’t even mine and I’m not in the film:
(I am grateful for the amount of whitespace the format allows, though… I only don’t like it when productions don’t print their scripts on both sides.)
I always have notes. Like feewings references, sometimes even specific dates during which certain emotions occurred—only I understand that code because only I know the date’s significance, so even if it does fall into the wrong hands, nobody knows who or what the cryptic bits are about…
1. How I organise my screenplay and stageplay
“Naked Mole Rats in the World of Darkness” (NMR) is a good example to illustrate this as I have multiple roles in this play. Because although I always have notes, I don’t use colour-coding systems (or even put page tabs/markers) on my pages when I play lead/co-lead, especially if it’s a short because I’m likely going to be on all (if not almost all) the pages anyway. In those cases, I only highlight my character’s name:
In this production of NMR, I was in two monologue sequences (playing four different characters in total) and another two characters in two skits. It therefore required a more extensive colour-coding system.
2. The Script
2.1. Colour-Coding (Tabs & Highlighters & Pens & Markers)
|Tool||Colour Code||O, but what does it meeean?!|
|Page tabs||Orange||Individual monologue|
Writing Utensils and Other Stuff
|Tool||Colour Code||What could it possibly meeean?!|
|Ballpoint pen||Black||Just stuff I write in my notes, rarely use on screenplay|
|Ballpoint pen||Pink||1. Pages my scenes are on;
2. Script notes.
|Highlighter||Purple||To draw lines around my chunks of dialogue|
|Highlighter||Orange||To highlight my characters’ names|
|Marker||Blue||Box numbers (the boxes drawn in purple highlighter)|
|Marker||Yellow||To draw stitch lines as my own way of marking (CONT’D) personally|
2.2. The Tools
These are some the pens, markers, and highlighters I use for this (the black pen isn’t the exact one from 2015, but its the same brand). I still have some of the tabs/page markers I used on this stageplay in 2015, but I have none of the pink ones left because I love pink, very much!
2.3. The Extra’s (Last Page)
I stuck this actors role table given to me by JP on the back. I had to tape it using duct tape so it wouldn’t get lost ever! This is very important for brain defragmentation, first you need to know where everyone is to find out where you stand (I do one of these for myself too, shown below).
3. The Notebook
3.1. The “Mind Map” (General Overview)
This is like the equivalent of my Moleskine weekly dashboard. Before I start learning the lines, I have to have the bigger picture first, otherwise I can’t focus or feel secure learning the tidbits if I don’t know where they fall:
3.2. Line by line…
Breaking down my paragraphs into lines really help make everything less overwhelming (and so does re-writing things down). That way the words don’t jumble up and get clumped in my brain:
3.3. Rehearsals schedule and questions…
A friend at JP shared a line-memorisation technique where you rewrite all your lines into one big paragraph, so I tried that too (that what those full pages are).
3.4. Tongue Twisters! Tech Week Schedule!
These are tongue twisters given to me in the English speech class at charm school. I always carry stuff like this anyway, this is my audition pouch:
3.6. Promotional Material
Sometimes when I’m in a production that is available to the public, I make special little trailers, promotional videos, and photos. But only if I have ideas for it. If I don’t, I don’t and just use normal RT-ing or URL-sharing (I think ‘brainstorming’ or forcing creativity is bad—if I have nothing to say, I just don’t produce anything).
Even if I’m not asked to, if I have an idea, I’ll use it to promote the work: Here I’ve scripted the little trailer (above) I made in my room (that poster was ) and filmed the bathroom:
The page with the “Leiden Revision Video” title has nothing to with the play, it was a little recording I made for my alma mater’s internal use, and that’s private:
This promo wasn’t scripted, tho, I made it on a whim after making the Leiden one:
This also wasn’t planned, but nowadays this is the kind of thing that would’ve gone into my social media planner:
I led a wild life that year… I went on little poster–sticking adventures, I ran a “sign your body part” deal for anyone who bought tickets from me before I get famous:
I even did stage door, but nobody showed up:
4. I hope you enjoyed my blog post and found this helpful!
Last updated: January 13, 2017 (made public on the Friday the 13th because I'm scary that way)