Monday, November 17, 2003
I think as the writer of the voice over I find it hard to consider how I would feel in the face of my parent's death. I wrote the screenplay because it is the worst thing I could imagine happening to a child. What if helping others, helping Vicki, was part of Alice's own spiritual development? Mostly people don't miss the scene with Alice and Vicki by the lake, but now I have to ask myself-what are the beats in Alice's self recovery or her spiritual awakening? This is a concept that I love for the film. And it is more important to the voice over than explaining her attitude towards Melissa (that just because they are both black in a white environment doesn't mean they are going to be fast friends).