I fell off the blog wagon again. It's like vitamins. I'll take vitamins for 3 days and then forget to take them. I even have memory enhancing vitamins, and I don't take them. So here is the blog for today. And after finishing the blog, I need to work out (again something I am irregular at), and well, the list of things to do is endless.
"I don’t think anybody who’s developing their own screenplays independently is not functioning like a producer."
I just read this article from Filmmaker Magazine about writers who produce with an interview of Larry Gross, and it is something I really needed to read at this time. Sometimes the internet and the volume of emails we all get can be inundating, but everyday I find some bits of useful information that informs my world view in some fraction of a way.
As a writer, which I consider myself first and foremost, the job of producing can sometimes take a toll on the "creative time" that I have. But I have learned to embrace this aspect of my workload. Producing allows me to meet many more people than I would if I just stayed locked up in my man cave writing all day. It also enables me to think more creatively in my writing, because I can accept criticism and "notes" more effectively. Producing affords me the opportunity to have more objectivity about the business of filmmaking, something that when I just put on my screenwriting hat, I may not have.
A great aspect of developing my producing muscles has been the ability to say to myself, this isn't for you to write, but I am able to think of other writers that can write a particular script or story treatment. And that's been liberating, of not having the guilt of not writing something I care about for any number of reasons. I can now work with other writers to help shape material that I would be passionate about producing. More on this in the follow up blog about "Wildflowers" the script we just acquired.
Back to the article, I'd rather not paraphrase it, so head on over and read it yourself.
Thanks for reading! Thank you Filmmaker Magazine. And Thank You Universe.