(minor spoilers for chapter 8)
One of the things I most enjoy about working with others is being surprised by their interpretations of lines. This doesn’t happen that often, generally text isn’t very ambiguous. But every now and then a line that I just read matter-of-factly can take on a whole new meaning with a difference in tone. The most recent example that springs to mind is the Engineer’s line from Chapter 7, “I think we can conclude that this operation is going to be… successful.” I hadn’t thought much about it, and Jai’s delivery hit me out of the blue. It had a deep regret about it, a dread to use that word when describing the destruction of his home planet. I don’t want to dwell on this one example, as all the actors were great and it happened a few times, but that I hadn’t seen that when I read it made it really stick with me. It’s finding things like this that makes these projects so much fun.
Also, thanks again to Locusts of Egypt! They’re a local band in Denver that a coworker introduced me to. Everyone knows someone who knows someone in a band. Small, local groups that make music because they love to do so, while holding down regular full-time jobs. Ask around, and then go see them. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a bonding experience, and often you’ll find some great musicians that you’d never have heard otherwise. Plus, they’re much more likely to let you use one of their songs for background music in your own projects when they know you as a fan and you already have good rapport. :)