Just a real quick progress report update. The picture below has two scripts: Greener Pastures: The End draft one on the left, and the newly minted draft two on the right. There's still things to do on the raw script, but with draft two now written I'm going to start thumbnailing this bugger. The work on the script and story from this point on will have a lot to do with how things are visually hitting the page, how their pacing reads, what their importance in the overall story is, etc. We'll have a much clearer idea of how effective scenes are, both within themselves and in the larger framework once there's a visual working document.
So how big is the story? At last estimate I think we're looking at 270+ comic pages, but let's see what happens when I actually take a crack at the first version of the thumbnails – that could change a lot, in either direction. In any case, I'll start playing with visual motifs and themes, pacing and layout, and probably even start a lot of the new characters' designs in this process. It's daunting and exciting.
By the way, just because I'm calling this version of the script "draft two" doesn't mean that there hasn't already been heaps of work put into it. Michael's been slaving over it to make it as finished as possible before handing it too me, reworking a lot of dialog and having another look at a lot of the scenes. I have to say, even though I've read it a number of times, the final scenes still bring a lump to my throat.