This entire business is rush, rush, rush followed by lots of waiting. Waiting for people to read it. Waiting for people to pass it on to the next person. Waiting for financing. The entire film business model is completely illogical (to quote Mr. Spock) but if there’s a better way to do it, no one is aware of it. Maybe it’s working with creative types. Filmmaking is group art. It’s hard enough to keep one artist on track much less a cast and crew of a hundred or so. Long, long time ago, in the moviemaking dark ages, Studios took over filmmaking and tried to make it run more like a factory. And that’s exactly what they churned out, cookie cutter movies with few sparks and even less artistry. So, now, we all struggle within this crazy system, trying to get something — trying to get anything — made. The people that figure it out often do quite well. They make film after film (hence the reason we’re so excited to be attached to two accomplished producers).
This week, we’re starting the rewrite on our second feature script. The most important thing I’ve learned in the last 2.4 years, keep writing. Do not stop to wait and see if the deal turns out. Don’t wait for who’s reading it to get back to you. You’ll go bonkers. Absolutely bonkers. Instead, keep working on creating great material. That way, you’ve got something more than a blank stare to offer if they say, “Hmmmm, I like the writing but I don’t know if I can find the financing for this. What else have you got?
On a personal note. My son proposed to his girlfriend, Jamie, over Thanksgiving. He got down on his knee in a park in Barcelona, Spain, and asked her to marry him. She said yes. They’re thinking next spring since he’s working on a film in Costa Rica this spring. More waiting.