I have had four, remarkable, production meetings, met some MORE superlative people in the industry, spoke with a fantastic musician and composer who is standing by to work on one of my projects, and have refined my query letter to literary agents and publishers, for my novel "Luz do Sol"!
The week has also included reading script revision number "25" (seriously) for one of the projects on which I'm producing and serving as Creative Consultant. The piece is remarkable, from where it's been to now. I'd say it is now, nearly, a shooting script in its current form!!!!! I came clean with the screenwriter, whom I offered to pitch the project to some industry colleagues and friends, that I did NOT submit the script, because it, simply, wasn't ready.
If I'd have sent it to the high powered (Oscar-winning or nominated), Hollywood folks, and filmmakers with whom I'm acquainted, they would have kicked my ass for wasting their time. I explained that that they would NEVER trust me again, which I could not risk. The writer took it very well. I didn't want to hurt their morale, feelings, or their creative flow--- during re-writes, so I kept it a secret, to be revealed later.
Today was "Later"!! In today's meeting I offered my "notes" to the writer, and they were all received openly, happily, graciously and gratefully. This isn't always easy to do, when you're talking about, and dissecting someone's, most-beloved, work. But that was the job for which I was hired. The result is that the recommendations are being implemented, and--- after the final proofreading is done, by Friday--- we have a FINAL, FINAL Spec script. It now goes to the Celebrity casting attachment(s), and investment phase!
Actually, there are a ZiLlIoN simultaneous things
that will now get set in motion.
Preparations for: fundraising, insurance, completion bonds, casting, hiring, department heads, crews, lighting, sound, hair, make up, wardrobe, transportation, accommodations, music, stills, key art, creating the shoot schedule, effects, titles, graphics, product placement(s), merchandising, festival submissions, editing, marketing, social media, distribution, Post-theatrical release VOD outlets...
We have to be prepared to fire, in an instant, when funding is in place. And there's work to be done in the interim!
After YEARS of the screenwriter's labor, the DELIVERY DATE is this weekend, for the final!! At the conclusion of our session, I believe the writer must have said "Thank you very much" about a couple dozen times. Huge! No time to rest on laurels though. We have a remarkable, excited, devoted Director of Photography, o attached, and at the helm. Now things are REALLY going to get hard!
I also watched the most inspirational video about desire, and true happiness in finding out what one really wants to do! I think it is critical for any artist, of any kind, to view and bookmark for lifelong use, reminders, and reference.
"What makes you itch? What do you Desire?" -Alan Watts
It is so vital to ask the questions and probe the soul, and the spirit, for what will fulfill our dreams! I do hope you'll check it out!