Indie Filmmakers and Screenwriters are Creative Kung Fu Drifters
I think indie filmmakers and screenwriters are creative Kung Fu drifters like the old Kung Fu TV show. They work on a project until it’s done. When it’s finished it’s time to move onto to the next creative adventure.
During any indie filmmaking or screenwriting travels you will meet people that you build a creative a bond with that has enough glue to stick for future projects and other people that fade out.
It keeps making indie films and writing screenplays fresh and interesting. Psoro the movie has wrapped in the U.K. and in southern California.
I speak uncensored from the heart saying that this indie movie project has expanded my mind on making movies by working with U.K. based filmmaker Wayne Daniells (LiarDice Films) and SFX artist Paul While (Graphic Delusions).
Other really good people have been a tremendous support to the making of Psoro the movie in front of the camera and behind it as well. Badass cast and crew that pushed through the bullshit to finish an indie film.
But with most movies it comes down to a core of people that are in it from screenplay to movie distribution sales. I’m in with Wayne and Paul on Psoro until it’s distributed and we cash the first royalty check.
To once again quote a good friend from Hungary because it’s a moment in Las Vegas I will never forget, “Sid, we are both in the same SHOE.”
I know he meant boat when he said it, but there was no friggin point to correct him. I got it and appreciated what he was saying.
Psoro post is in the hands of its creator Wayne “UK Diablo” Daniells now. I’m not an editor. I know we’re all in the same shoe, but now I’m thinking about the next projects Slice of Americana Films is involved with that are different stages from idea to post-production.
I get a call from a guy that I respect that has earned his stripes in production. He’s short on bullshit. We’ve kept in solid contact for years now.
I would never write a screenplay on spec unless I was writing it to attract outside financing from film investors I knew or it was going to be funded in-house by coproducer Tim “Timbo” Beachum and I.
The exception to never is when you know someone is not bullshit and has a real opportunity to pitch for film financing directed at backers in mind.
Now that I’m out of my writing funk that hit me the other day this feels good. I know what the screenplay needs as far as elements to appeal to the potential film investors.
They already have a brand and industry that has to be the backdrop of the entire story. I don’t mind writing screenplays this way.
In a way I would be too worried writing a screenplay without a movie budget in mind or making sure that certain elements needed to be included to get funding.
This afternoon before writing any part of the spec screenplay I have a spot on film title, tagline and synopsis taking into account what I talked about with the guy short on bullshit told me about the shot at film financing and what needed to be included.
I got the drift. We’re not going to pitch “OUR” screenplay to them trying to sell them a movie story they never heard. We’re going to pitch “THEIR” screenplay. A story they know and live.
I never feel it’s less creative to write a screenplay that needs to fold in film investor wants.
Talented copywriters of the world have my respect! They’re the ultimate wordsmiths for hire. They have to use their writing talents to create gold using what the client wants first.
I was working on a novel. I’m going to see if my mind is wired to work on both. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT