Someone once told me that one of the best ways to improve my own writing was to produce a film. “Yeh, that’s not gonna happen,” I laughed. “I wouldn't know where to start!”
Then came along Create50’s ‘The Impact’ Initiative which offers 50 writers the chance to have their own screenplays put out to producers. I entered six scripts and sat back, getting more and more excited as first the long list was announced, then the short list, then the winners.
I have been sitting here tonight contemplating The Impact and all the amazing writers whose screenplays are out there now ready to be produced.
And I've also been contemplating the writers I've worked with, thus far, and have concluded that I feel humbled to be in the presence of such great talent.
As a writer myself, I know the work you put into your winning scripts, as it's the same work I put into my own projects - hey, I actually DID enter the writing component of The Impact, but didn't place anywhere... probably because I already knew 2-years ago that I really wanted to get into the production component and dig my heels in there.
It occurred to me that so many people don't know how difficult editing really is.
Here's a screen shot from a 40-second video that will only be seen on a smart phone when we actually shoot the full film this weekend.
I've invested at least 16-hours in making this video clip look like it's a FaceTime call that comes up on that smart phone.