Since I spent a significant part of my Saturday doing a pass on episode #2 and writing up the one-page overview for episode #10, I decided to kick back on Sunday by switching gears and starting the rewrite of episode #5. I know, I know. What the hell am I doing working through the weekend? Well, besides the fact that it’s crunch time and – apparently – these scripts aren’t going to rewrite and prep themselves, the truth is it’s next to impossible to get any writing done at the office. There are just so many distractions to contend with that it’s near impossible to get on a roll.
Anyway, as much as I hate rewriting my own stuff (Not because I’m precious, mind you, but because I spend so much time and effort constructing a scene, establishing a natural dramatic progression and rhythm for the dialogue, that changing what’s there is like trying to remove one of the lower blocks in a game of Jenga. A single seemingly inconsequential shift is enough to bring down the entire structure.), I REALLY hate rewriting Paul because his scripts are exceptionally tight. Tweaks you figure should take you two or three hours tops become grueling two to three day marathon sessions.
I made it as far as the end of the second act before running out of steam. At which point I realized my talking about working through the weekend would make for a mighty uninteresting blog post – so I took Akemi up on her suggestion and make truffles.
As impressive as it may sound, the truth is making truffles is actually quite easy. Chopped up about 225 grams of chocolate. Heat up a 1/2 cup of heavy cream, then pour of the chocolate, whisking it to a silky smoothness.
Some recipes call for butter, but I don’t bother. Add liquor, if you’re so inclined, then pop in the refrigerator for a few hours and allow it to firm up.
Once the two hours are up, take your chocolate out of the refrigerator, let rest for five minutes, then start rolling. Akemi prefers the double spoon method she perfected while working at the Pierre Marcolini Cafe in Ginza…
Once those truffles are rolled, give them a second roll in a coating of your choosing. In the past, I’ve used everything from cocoa powder to toasted coconut.
Pop them in the refrigerator, allow them to cool for another hour and – voila! Serve as dessert. Or, if you’re feeling generous, bring them into work on Monday and treat your friends. Tell them “I’ve done you a favor. Next time, it’ll be your turn to do ME a favor.” Later that week when you’re looking at a full day of prep meetings, guess who’s sitting in for you?
So who’s gonna sit in on this Tuesday’s visual effects meeting for me?