My primary concern is not losing the laughter, lightness, and playfulness.
I absolutely have proof that all of us have the intellect, focus, interest, and knowledge to knock out a Very Viki script of almost any kind you care to name (except of course those with stupid, almost brain-dead second leads and passive-aggressive leads).
When I learned that Maknae Vivi was keeping track of the sections of this thread that were really moving ideas forward, I was Blown Away. And everybody else’s writing abilities (especially those who are “learned” multi-lingual or bi-lingual and not “borned” multi-lingual or bi-lingual) is so mature and astonishing to me, and the ideas are so sophisticated that I really do at times feel the weight of having to catch up.
The amount of research I have had to do in the past three months regarding the Korean language and alphabet, names of k-pop groups, names of K-pop group members, genres and tropes. It may seem like I’m just being flippant and tossing off whatever comes to mind.
I mean, I watched the original Red Dwarf episodes twenty-five years ago (due to the process of my local public TV station having to wait for the various RD series to conclude and then negotiate licenses). And I loved every single one. They were shown in the wee hours on weekends because they were so weird but had such a devoted following. For three or four years, I practically slept through church every Sunday.
And trying to mesh the imaginary OSPD-nim with @ninjas_with_onions AND thinking of Dave Lister as the perfect visual based on lots of descriptions AND looking for AND mystically finding the right graphic images . . . wow. The equivalent of a two-page single-spaced essay can take me five hours of hunting.
Oh, we have the grit, we have the heart, we have the joy.
However, just one two-hour movie script is an average of one hundred and twenty pages long. Text is single-spaced, but the format is very specific.
Software that does the formatting without a lot of problems is very pricey, and collaborative script-writing software that allows people in different cities, states/provinces, or countries to interact usefully . . . is even pricier.
Script-writing software that is free and open source comes with detailed instruction manuals that have a steep learning curve.
Even a thirty-minute TV show using professional script has those same economic constraints.
Now imagine everyone participating here, in different parts of the world, with different types of daily schedules, with different types of responsibilities . . . and think about how the creative process of collaborating on sixteen well-done “Viki Original” scripts would fit into those schedules.
From my perspective of thirty-five years of writing . . . they wouldn’t. And trying to go that route would shut down this thread permanently in less than a week.
My creativity mantra (from the Joni Mitchell song All I Want is “I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun.” That doesn’t mean I avoid the challenging, but it certainly means I avoid the impossible.
Creating, producing, promoting, collaborating, and enjoying the heck out of this thread (given the nature of “real reality”) is a challenge that certainly can be met, but what that needs to look like is a bit trickier to deal with.