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First Table Read = Awesome

I have awesome friends.

These friends took hours out of their week to read, rehearse, and listen to this screenplay I wrote.

A table read is hardly an idea way to experience a story. It involved listening to nine actors read scene direction and lines for 30+ characters, from a document that isn’t intended to be listened to.

This dilemma pushed a large amount of fear in me: Will a story that is intended to have beautiful visuals and awesome music still be emotionally engaging without that? Will it feel like it drags on and doesn’t make sense?

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So I sat in the far back corner. I opened my already marked up screenplay. And throughout the entire two hour reading I only looked up twice.

But my fears were quieted. People responded. They laughed. Rather hard sometimes.

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There were “hmms”, and quiet in the moments that needed it.

After the reading was over, there was a powerful silence as I handed out the questionnaires. One attendee made the comment, “I don’t think I can fill this out right now. It’s like one of those times when you’ve watched a powerful movie and at the end you are speechless.”

And the room agreed.

And my eyes started leaking.

That one comment sums up the kind of movies I want to make. I want to move people to live a better story.

Sure, there are things that need to be fixed. Lines to take out. Scenes to rewrite.

But this reading was about something much bigger for me. It was about engaging with the humanity in the story. About moving people with laughter and tears.

I have great friends. And I can’t wait to share this journey with them.

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