Taking Time to Enjoy Screenwriting and Entertainment Production
Lately I’ve been feeling my mind has been too caught up with the business end of writing screenplays and entertainment production.
It’s been too easy for me lately to look at every project I’m involved with as strictly something to be sold when it’s finished.
I have nothing against a screenwriter or producer that wants to make money from their work, but I can feel now when that pursuit of money lessens the enjoyment of the whole process.
Writing screenplays on spec and producing indie entertainment should be fun. It’s never easy work, but you have to get some joy out of it or you’re missing probably what pulled you towards screenwriting and producing entertainment – the joy of creating something.
I’ve always felt there needs to a balance between the creative and business side of the entertainment world whatever your role in it is.
Writing screenplays and producing entertainment that never makes you any money will get old fast, unless you’re independently wealthy and doing it strictly as a hobby for your own creative soul.
I’m also feeling how letting the business part of screenwriting and entertainment production dominate your thoughts takes away from the pure joy of creating stories and entertainment in any genre you like.
It escapes me now, but someone on Twitter I follow planted a seed that sprouted today about enjoying what you’re doing.
Writing screenplays and producing entertainment is not an easy gig or there would be many more scripts and movies out there, but there are many moments where you should get joy from it all.
I’m guilty lately of thinking bottom-line money too much on things and not enjoying the creative happening.
I caught myself blurring the line between loving the process of writing screenplays and producing entertainment and thinking too much about the end game of selling screenplays and movie distribution money.
I freelance as a writer and production manager for environmental law firms and others in the environmental industry that what to spin a message using mass media. I’m a spin doctor.
It’s weird I have found more joy lately working on projects for these different firms and companies because I don’t feel financial pressure of having to recoup film financing and make money for investors.
I’m hired to perform certain tasks on a project that follow a schedule and I know I get paid for my work.
It frees my mind up to only think about what message they want me to spin on their corporate videos and what we need to film to make their target audience warm and fuzzy about their message.
My mind is free to stay creative and deliver the message my clients need.
It might not sound too creative to be a freelance spin doctor writing documentaries and in-house presentations that are slanted for one purpose, but I’ve learned it’s strangely creative in its own way.
I’m currently working on a project for an environmental firm that is built around the California Gnatcatcher. It’s being written and filmed like a nature documentary, but it isn’t for mass distribution.
It will be used as a presentation piece on why large real estate developer should hire their firm. That’s the gig and I’m really enjoying it so far. Just like I’m enjoying working on my first novel “Crazy Love Story.”
I don’t feel any pressure because I know in the back of my mind, it’s just me telling a story without worrying about paying film investors back on their film financing.
If the book doesn’t sell one single copy it doesn’t matter because I’m enjoying the freedom of writing it without film investors expecting a return on investment.
Psoro the movie I have greatly enjoyed being involved with as a screenwriter, producer and director of So Cal filming. I’ve made a new friend in indie cinema with UK based filmmaker Wayne Daniells (LiarDice Films).
I’ve enjoyed seeing the practical SFX of talented London based Paul While (Graphic Delusions). It’s been a great experience for me across the board.
Where I become my own worst enemy is as a producer because I honestly care about not seeing people make money.
Most film investors I’ve worked with expect to make money with a profit. They’re not handing me a donation, we have a business deal I have to do my best to honor.
Even though investing in producing an indie movie is always a risk with no guarantees I push like hell to make film investors back their money with interest.
The film budget for Psoro has come out of the pockets of the Wayne, Paul and Slice of American Films, but a large chunk comes from Wayne. We’re not rich and I know the money we’ve spent is real.
We’re roughly in this all together around $25K (USD) hard cash. The minute we wrapped shooting Psoro my mind instantly started thinking of meaningful movie distribution to recoup the money spent and make a tidy little movie profit.
I stopped enjoying the creative adventure we are all on currently as a team because my mind became so focused on movie distribution.
Today my mind found creative peace. I’m enjoying the editing process of Psoro the movie and staying in the moment with each frame I watch and notes back and forth between Wayne and I.
The balance of creativity and business is back in alignment. It feels good.
As one the producers I know our goal is to secure meaningful movie distribution that can get Psoro the movie seen worldwide, but for right now I’m going to enjoy post-production and assembling a movie I’ve had fun writing and working with like-minded creative souls.
I’m going to enjoy the ride we’re on with this very cool indie cinema coproduction. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT