So I'm curious about your process. I'm currently wrestling with an idea for a film that I really like. I've got a really good set-up and I like how the characters are being fleshed out.
The problem is - as always - Act Two. I've got a few different directions I can go in to get from Act One to Act Three. The difference mostly is a matter of the degree of escalation - slow-building tension, versus just going for the big boom earlier and letting people react to it.
Basically, I have two potential movies that seem to share the same set-up, and I'm not totally 100% sure of either one. Only once have I started a script without knowing the direction it was going to take. That experience proved to be interesting, but I don't think it's an approach that would be advisable with this story.
So here's today's talkback discussion topic: Have you ever found yourself torn about which direction to take a script? And if so, do you prefer to resolve that at the outline stage, or have you ever tried writing the script up until you reach that point and then seeing which way feels right?