That said, I think the script is still getting better. I honestly have no idea where it's going, but what's there seems more and more credible. I'm sure it's still dreadful, but as long as we're trending upwards, I've got no cause to complain.
When I was first imagining the film, I started putting together a playlist of songs that I thought would go well with the action. That first playlist is pretty energetic -- lots of slightly Britpoppy and technoey stuff. Jiyoung and I have been watching a lot of 80's movies lately (my fault), and I've realized that very few of them weather well. That seems mostly attributable to two factors: first, the pacing is slow (Starman, for example, spends a good ten minutes on helicopters landing and taking off). Second, the music is distractingly old.
With that in mind, I've started listening to classical and OST music while I write, with a view to using similar music in the final film. It's definitely changing the tone of the writing, and for the better. I started out with Aaron Copland and Steve Reich. Today, I listened to the soundtrack for The Thin Red Line on repeat -- shades of Steve Reich again, but with more ass on it. Sometimes a long, single tone can generate more tension than a bunch of up-and-downy stuff (can you tell I'm a trained musician?). I'm definitely leaning away from lyrics-based pop music at the moment.
Certain images are really beginning to crystallize in my mind, to the point that it's getting hard to resist jumping into storyboarding (must resist!). I'm especially excited about a scene in which a space elevator is severed and comes flopping down on top of the surrounding city like a giant, beheaded serpent. If it's handled right, I think it'll be a pretty unique moment.
I'm also excited about finding ways for camera and character movement to feel non-CGey. Camera movement, especially, is what kills most CG for me. I almost want the entire thing to feel hand-held, like they did in Children of Men. Meh. I have no idea what I'm talking about. I'm nearly done with Story, and Shot by Shot is next. So I'll get back to you on all this.