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The Screenplay: Scene 12

Posted by Dave Bull on December 30, 2022 [Permalink]

John and Mayu had been working on the woodblock prints for hours. John had been carving the blocks, while Mayu had been designing them.

Mayu had been growing increasingly frustrated with the process. “This isn’t working,” she said, looking at the blocks. “The lines aren’t straight and the designs aren’t coming out the way I wanted them to.”

John sighed. “I’m trying to do my best, but woodblock printing is a delicate process. It takes time and patience.”

Mayu shook her head. “No, this isn’t right. We should be able to get it right the first time.”

John rolled his eyes. “That’s not how it works. It takes practice and skill. I’m not a professional craftsman.”

Mayu threw her hands up in frustration. “Well, what am I supposed to do then? I’m not a professional designer either!”

John sighed again. “I think we should take a break and come back to it tomorrow. We can work together to figure out a better way.”

Mayu nodded reluctantly. “Fine. Let’s just take a break for now.”

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Added by: Qaantar on December 29, 2022

The cracks were already starting to show in minor inconsistencies, but this is the first major crack (Mayu is now a designer? She was the one showing John how to cut properly earlier).

Even so, the ability for these things to maintain a longer thread of consistency is impressive. They used to go off track after a couple sentences.

Added by: Dave on December 29, 2022

Yeah, we also saw it go off the track yesterday, with SHINJI heading 'home' at the end of the day, and speaking about his 'apprentices' in the plural.

But yeah, this is pretty impressive ... I'm trying to prompt it with the absolute minimum of information to keep on track, and letting it lead where it wants to go ...


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