Friday, May 13, 2005

Same script, Different show

I just got finished watching the Season Finale of Project Greenlight, a show that gives a new writer a chance to have his script made into a movie and a new director a chance to actually make that movie. The director this year, John Gulager, was kind of a loose cannon in that no one really knew what to expect out of him. I knew he was awesome from the beginning because his audition video was incredible. The movie has (apparently) turned out really well (they don't really show much because they want you to actually have to go see the movie) and everyone is giving all the credit to the director. I started wondering what this movie would have been if one of the other 2 directors had been chosen.

Movies and plays can change so much based on the director. You can take the exact same actors, same script, and have a totally different product based solely on the person directing. I have the priviledge of being involved in the productions of both Altamesa and Richland Hills VBS's this year. I'm actually in Altamesa's and have just been observing Richland Hills as I help them with their music. It is amazing to me how different the two shows are. If I hadn't written the music and read the script about 500 times, I wouldn't even be able to tell that they are even the same at all. And it's all because of the directors. The two directors have very different styles. Neither one is necessarily better, just different. This fact has made it fun for me. If they were the exact same, the 12 hours each week I am spending at rehearsals would be VERY monotonous. Let me conclude with this: although Altamesa and Richland Hills are using the exact same script, they are producing very different shows. And I can't wait to see how they turn out!

==WARNING: Shameless Plug Time==
For the (maybe) 2 or 3 people who aren't directly involved:
Richland Hills Church of Christ presents Moses on June 6-8 at 7:00 pm
Altamesa Church of Christ presents Moses on June 19-22 at 7:00 pm
We'd love to see you there!


Jen said...

Hey Emily! You have done a GREAT JOB with the music! Thank you! I know both RH & AM are greatful! I can't wait to see both shows either! Jen

Ryan said...

Maggie and I watched Project Greenlight a few times this year. That John guy was a weirdo, but it will interesting if his movie turns out to be lightning in a bottle. Then all those people who fought him kicking and screaming the whole way will be kissing up to him.

As for the V.B.S.'s, I'm glad you are getting the chance to be involved like that. Who would have thought that the little girl singing as Mary in the Christmas musical would grow up to help produce huge V.B.S. shows! I know they'll be great. -Ryan

Suzie Creamcheese said...

Yeah, and can you believe Jay won?? I thought Kara had it in the bag! I think Wendy was too mean and scheming to win.

...wait, that's not Project Greenlight?

This will be the first time in years that I won't see Altamesa's VBS. I'm gonna miss it when I'm in Dallas!

I know you've already written the music but Josh and I (more me) had a great idea for a VBS song during one of our long drives to Abilene. If there's an annointing with oil scene, we (more me) think you should sing "Sugar, Suger" from the Archie Show, and instead of singing "Pour some sugar on me, baby," the line would read, "Pour some oil on me, [so-and-so]". Haha, we (more me) laughed about that for a long time!

Trey Laminack said...

I'll have to watch both DVD and compare the 2 vbs's's

Jennifer Meachem said...

i LOVED project greenlight this year! i cannot wait to see the movie only because i know what's going to happen. i am too scared to normally see a scary movie. i am glad it turned out good because EVERYONE was on the "get john" bandwagon. i felt so bad for him. some of those days he was so sad. he is so talented and so lost. anyway, i liked it better when it was on hbo though. i could watch the reruns when i missed the show.