Because my kids love stories (and because we were waiting for the pizza we ordered to be ready), I took them through the entire script.
|Walter the Chicken. The one the|
character in the story is based on.
They sat, rapt, for the whole 22-minutes. I know this because when I was done, I quizzed them on what happened. I asked them to let me know if anything about the story didn’t make sense. Nope, they replied. Although it could have been clearer that the bad spirits turned into nice spirits at the end.
Then I asked if they liked it.
“Loved it,” they both said.
But then there was a little hesitation from Dashiell, my seven-year-old.
“You know what, Dad?”
“Maybe instead of a raft, it could be a rocket that goes into a black hole and that’s how he gets to the Dark Island.”
Brian Belefant is a director who also works as a writer, but is mostly looking for directing gigs these days and if you happen to need a director you could do a lot worse than hiring him. Try calling (503) 715 2852 or emailing belefant (at) me (dot) com.