I have finally sent the script out for feedback to all the organisations – Mind, Hellesdon Hospital, Wellcome Trust and BDRN Cardiff University. I also decided to send it to some other people to get their comments and feedback as well. I am interested in good and constructive criticism to help improve the animation.
I decided to rewrite the script last year, as I was not happy with it myself and several of the organisations also pointed out a few problems. It was mainly the Recovery bit of the script I was not happy with and I wanted it to be for a more adult audience rather than children. I am really glad I decided to be brave and do it again. It was not an easy decision to make as so much time had been put into it. The Wellcome Trust were great and gave me an extension to the project which was really helpful and a relief.
It has taken a lot of hard work, time and effort to rewrite it. At one point it had started to make me feel ill again, its not easy going over stuff which made you ill in the first place and reminds you of it all. It certainly was not easy writing it either, struggling with Bipolar and Dsylexia and also I am not a writer by profession.
However, in some ways I think it has actually helped me a great deal and finally perhaps helped me partly to feel better. This is the best I have felt in three years. I believe sometimes you have to be honest with yourself and face your fears, face what is bothering you and learn to accept and be more positive. You have to take some responsibility for yourself and your illness, relying on other people is not always going to work. I am also off all my medication, and I can sleep – first time in three years that I can actually sleep – a miracle. I have learned so much from doing this, at times it has been stressful but also very rewarding and enjoyable. I have learnt so much, this is real, and therefore the consequences are more real, much more responsibility.
I felt that having 3 people working on the new script at the same time was difficult so I decided to rewrite the script myself and spent quite a few months doing this. I also felt more confident about taking control of it which I didn’t before, and I felt that I was probably the best person to do it, as it was my story I was trying to tell. I also decided to take a different approach and bought a book on animation scriptwriting which was a huge help.
I then started working on it with Oz Osborne in January and have continued to work with him on it ever since. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Oz for all his help, support and his commitment to this project. He has been absolutely fantastic and I would not have been able to do this without him, in fact I don’t think there would even be a script as at one point I was feeling unwell. He has contributed so many good ideas and so much of his time and best of all he understood and he helped me to write my story so many thanks.
I then got Keith Tutt, who is a professional writer, to look at the Treatment and offer feedback and advice. He also did not know my story so it was beneficial to get his opinion as to whether the story would work to a wider audience and also he was looking at it from a different angle – working to a formula.
The Treatment is the document written before the script and contains just the action and outline of the story. I could only afford him for a few days but I think it was worth doing and it was helpful. Unfortunately Keith was unable to offer any help on the actual script, which included all the narration, dialogue and rhyming and final action changes.
I then got Jane Finch, who is also a professional writer, to help with the rhyming in the script. We decided to use some of the rhymes from the original script which Jane was more involved in. She also helped to write some new ones. I would also like to thank Jane for all her help with Yessicas Journey, she has done a fantastic job and I do appreciate her commitment to the project and all her time she put in, especially on the first script.
I am now waiting for feedback and looking forward to hearing from everyone, but also a bit nervous.