Just in case you thought I am going through this whole make-a-film-process with 2 fingers in my nose having nothing to worry about – it is not like that. It’s tough, it’s difficult, it’s hard work and some days I want to give up. Today is one of those days.
Did I write that my script was ready to shoot yesterday? I take that back.
OK, this is how it normally goes (simplified).
1. Writer writes script
2. Producer reads it, if producer likes it he/she decides to produce it
3. Producer talks with writer about the changes he/she wants to have made to the script
Bugger if you happen to be the writer.
After a more serious talk about the script, some weak spots got pointed out to me – and well those need to be fixed. I can see them now and they annoy me, fixing them will make the story better.
I think my producer is very eager to make this film the best possible which means it needs the best possible script.
Which means I need to spend my weekend in a cafe trying to make it better.
Questions and thoughts that go through my head:
- Will this film in fact ever be shot?
- Why am I doing this?
- Am I a good enough writer to fix those things in the script?
- This is what writers normally have to do when they sell a script and it gets made into a film. If I want to be a serious writer, this is part of it. Is this something I could get used to?
- Am I stepping too far out my league trying to do a project like this?
- I have to be careful that the story remains my story and that it does not get changed too much just for the sake of pleasing other people.
- I could do with a holiday …
I am sure it will all work out, one way or another. Tomorrow is a new day and there will be ups and downs all the way. Me? I am fine. I just watched Dan in Real Life for the 15th time. Persistence, focus and determination are key.