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Demonica Pre-production: Post Two

April 25, 2012

Chris "Turnip" Simmons

When we left of on Monday we were just getting to where the idea really began to hit the page. “Insane Mike” would spend the next few months coming up with the characters, concepts, and story that would fill the pages and populate this world. Anyone who has ever started and finished a scrip can agree that this is no easy task.

At one time or another everyone has thought that they had a “great” idea for a movie and just as many people have sat through a bad movie thinking that they could do better. Some may even try. But a few days will pass and the realities of the undertaking will set in and it will be another project set to the side. This leads us to the hardest part of being creative. Follow through.

Personally I’ve had hundreds of ideas for movies or plays but when I take a look in my completed scripts folder I only find five scripts. Of those only one, Through the Night, has actually been produced. Given the odds, it takes a monumental amount of effort to follow through on even the worst of ideas. Luckily for us, “Insane Mike’s” idea for Demonica was pretty good and he had the gumption to see it through.

"Insane Mike" Saunders. - File Photo

When PF was gearing up for a new movie a call went out for scripts (as detailed here,) and while there were some pretty good scripts it all came down to a single question. Which script is a PF movie to it’s core? Being a PF movie isn’t just about who made it. A PF movie has to have that certain “something” that drives us to make it. Go back and watch a few of them and you’ll see a common thread that makes them “PF.” This time around, that movie was “Insane Mike’s” Demonica. Once the script was chosen, that was when the real work began.

The evolution of art has always interested me. The final product can be so different from where it began so as to be almost unrecognizable. While not quite that drastic, Demonica went through its fair share of changes. For instance, in the original draft of Demonica, in addition to the demons, the kids had to contend with various physical obstacles and traps in the environment itself, which were removed. The tone of the script was also much more comedic in nature. For the second draft Mike toned down the traps and the comedy while trying to ramp up the horror aspects. The draft he eventually turned in was quite a bit of an improvement over the first but still needed more.

That’s where I came in to work on the script and where we leave off for today.

Join us every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as Chris “Turnip” Simmons relays the often rewarding but sometimes harrowing journey of an indie film from page to screen to release.

Next time: Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite!

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