One of the first real gifts a writer has in the film making process is hearing their words read aloud by the actors. You finally get a sense if what you heard in your head translates through the minds and mouths of others.
Thankfully, the first read-thru of the six-part Christian webisode series called Purgatory, USA was a wonderful success.
On Wednesday, April 23rd at around 7:00 p.m., we headed over to the Ross home for the first read-thru.
Tiffany, me and Dorothea.
In attendance was my daughter, Dorothea Bauer (Nikki) and my wife, Dea (Mickey, Nikki’s mother), Tiffany Ross (Babs) and her mother, Cathy (Jean, Babs’ mother). All are competent actors and, again, I wrote the script with their strengths in mind.
Dea, Dorothea, Tiffany and Cathy
I was both nervous and excited. I thought the script was funny, in a goofy sort of way, but I wouldn’t be convinced until I heard laughter coming from a third party… the Ross family. Fortunately, my insecurities were unfounded, as the script reading went very well. Everyone really enjoyed the story arc and found it both humorous and nicely layered with Christian themes.
We were all excited to start making this series.
Shooting will commence in June/July time frame.