My projects have 3 phases: 1) story and character development through acting improvisation; 2) scene rehearsal and production design; 3) production with continuity.
I studied dramatic writing for about 7-1/2 years between 1990 and 2000 and wrote about 20 plays. In making my movies, I use acting improvisations to create each character’s backstory and story; and I rely heavily on my writing education and experience pull the improvisations together into one overarching story.
More specifically: I improvise on camera in character, letting each character tell his or her own story/backstory. Once I have a throughline that connects the characters to the same story, I improvise scenes between characters using costumes and makeup to portray different characters via Chromakey and splitscreen. That is a big acting job but it is not as unwieldy as it might sound since as a theater artist, I specialized in playing multiple characters interacting with each other. This process leads to a throughline, but also usually leads to a number of scenes that don’t contribute to overarching story. Those scenes are cut. The scenes that work together are produced with continuity and the highest tech that I’m capable of.