It is pretty amazing when you get a good script that turns out to be a crappy movie. It is often from a producer who does not match their vision to the writer. This can and may happen! Why? It's like buying a piece of furniture. They can do whatever they want with the script after they get rights to it. Sometimes this type of work is an art form, for others it is dollar signs. We all have to work. I get it!
The proof is in the many scripts that I've read that are amazing scripts, and then it goes into production and sometimes it is not even represented accurately. Why? The change can be made by the powers that be.
Furthermore, some producers can have difficulty sharing their vision and are impatient at times. Why? Visual people usually are impatient because it doesn't match the picture in their head. I am not tearing producers down. I like producers and have worked with very good quality people. The film sometimes may not be represented well according to the authenticity of a Novel or Screenplay.
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It is even more interesting when you have a crappy script and it actually turns out to be a good movie. Why? The writing was clean and the story was structured despite a few minor issues. All good writing is re-writing! Now a days it is all about execution and timing.
Let's face it, if people could make movies like Sharknado and it still gets made, they're still building their career! Constant work is good work. Be proud of your work even if it is campy or schmaltzy! There is an audience out there just for you. There is an audience out there just for me.
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Even if you know zilch about how films get made, you may know that there are very unique tasks in the film industry. Across the fray of Hollywood, they all need to get paid all the way from the sound guy to the actors! Everyone must earn their credit. Then there is the screenwriter who taps away at his keyboard. A person who is a professional and is an expert in story, plot and character. This can be the producer as well. The producers do have their hand in the pot quite often. Some producers say “No” to me. The word “N.o.” has special meaning. Next opportunity!
“When someone tells me "no," it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them." (Karen E. Quinones Miller Producer)
“One man's pass is another man's green light” (Mario Leone Screenwriter)
Everybody wants to get a techno boner over the biggest hit. The next tent pole. The next franchise. The next X-Men! Do we really need another X-Men? No! Why does it get made? The reason? It has become a brand people trust much like Star Wars and the Snickers bar. The X-Men comics kept going and going. It is no hidden secret as to why these comics are chosen. Everyone loves a franchise! Everyone loves a comeback!
Next time a producer says “NO”, remember that it means, “Next Opportunity”.
See you next week! Until then find me on Twitter @screenwriterml