I noticed something obvious as she described the story to me—she of course knows exactly where the story is going.
She’s thinking about arc as she makes her final tweaks before filming season 1. She knows exactly where their characters are headed going into season 2 already! Of course she does.
No network will sign onto a project if they don’t think it can grow for 7+ seasons. Of course, things change. Actors inspire writers. Audience fans influence decisions. Stories DO change during filming.
But overall, the spine will not change. A clear, planned arc is a crucial key ingredient in a TV show’s success.
As a creator, it’s ESSENTIAL to know the arc.
As an actor, you have to think about the big picture as much as the particular scene you’re in itself. You have to know how you are contributing to the WHOLE of the story. It’s really useful to think about the arc because it will influence your choices.
In the Actors As Creators workshop, we’re going to be newly implementing the concept of DEVELOPING ARC into this next round. We want to stress the importance of it because as Johnny (my co-teacher) has continued to coach people on their projects beyond the weekend workshop, it comes up again and again.
It will actually make the difference of knowing exactly when you’re ready to start filming…so make it airtight! Make your films and series bullet proof with attention to details.
Knowing where you’re headed is as important as knowing where you start.
Focus up, actor-creators and actors. Focus on that arc and so much will flow and follow.
Let’s keep growing and developing as artists. Stretch, stretch, stretch!