In my previous story post, I wrote about a couple of the beats that I was committed to seeing in the film. These beats give a basic idea of the events that will happen in the film, but they don’t give any idea as to what I want those events to mean. The meaning and other such meta-narrative parts of telling a story is where theme comes in and the theme of this film is “Responsibility”.

There are three ways that I think about the idea of “responsibility”:

1)Causal Responsibility, to be responsible for having done some thing.

2)Accountable Responsibility, to be held as responsible for looking after some one or some thing.

3)Acting Responsibly, to adjust and adapt your behaviour in terms of its consequences.

Perhaps writing in this way is too oblique to be clear, let me think of examples.

1) Causal responsibility: I knocked a glass of water over.

2) Accountable responsibility: I’m going to make sure this water doesn’t spill.

3) Acting responsibly: I’m not going to put the glass on this desk next to the computer.

So what does all that mean and how am I going to use it in the story? I’m not sure entirely, but growing the story beats towards these themes is the goal of the improvisation work.