ESP Testimonials 2015 #1

ESP Testimonials 2015 #1

by April 14, 2015

 Gorana Jovanović – Requiem for Laika

Before taking part in the ESP script development workshop in Poland, I had little faith that
my script will ever get produced in the way that I imagined. For this reason, when I applied
for ESP, my script was 4 pages long and limited only to what I believed was ‘doable’ in a
production sense. A lot of elements were suggested in it, but I did not dare to write them
down. I was sabotaging my writing by thinking about production before the script itself.
The conversations I had during the script development workshop with both the tutors and
other participants worked in a way of freeing me of this preconception that I will be unable to
do something. Although there are probably things that are now in the script that I won’t be
able to pull off, they are there to be dealt with when the time comes. This order of things is
what I had to be reminded of.
Although, unlike some of the other groups, in ours (led by Vanja Kaludjerčić) we didn’t do
rewrites during the workshop itself. I felt that was the best approach to my project, as I am
sure a rewrite after a rewrite would bring tweaks to the story and not a major change, which is
what it desperately needed. Instead, the work we did in the group did for me the very thing it
needed to do – straighten me out, so I can go back to the script, throw it in the bin and write
the version I always wanted to write, with all the locations and all the music I wanted to use.
The group work was very inspiring and once I felt the passion other people had for my own
project, I couldn’t wait to go back to it and do it justice this time round.
I eagerly anticipated the ESP vol. 2 in Luxembourg because by then I already got to know the
amazing group of people who were in the same shoes as me. The flow of creative energy was
so great that many new ideas were conceived right then and there and I am sure that one day
(at least) one pure-bred ESP baby will see the light of day and come screaming out in verse.