I am quite excited to say that I am nearing the very last stage of “The Island and the Plough.” Editing and formatting proves to be quite an arduous process. I had a first round of contact sheets proof-printed and had a few people review them. One person in particular who is a writer/director (on the film side of things) had some really great final editorial remarks. I decided to take a few into account and rework some small things here and there, adding one extra idea right at the climax of the story which I think will really accentuate the central tone and punctuate the climax better than what I had.
Here is my nearly completed, revised set of contact sheets. I apologize for making them so small, but being so near completion of this project, I still don’t want to give away the story. But there is something very interesting about viewing the pages at this size. It gives a very clear sense of the progression of tone, contrast and balance, not to mention a great macro view of each page’s composition. It brings the process to a full circle back to a “storyboard” format to really review it once again.
I am still in the throes of deciding how exactly to distribute this project as contacting/meeting with agents and publishers is a very slow process. Many of the people I have talked with, even in the publishing industry, still suggest self publishing. At some point I will be doing a small run of prints for proofing purposes as well as for family and friends, which I will make available to sale.