This is kinda long, but I'm not just writing for myself, I'm writing partially on behalf of my mom, Mary. She's had a feature idea that's been stewing for over 2 years, now, and she's beat it out & used scene cards, but hasn't started writing just yet. The obvious first step is for her to write, rewrite, and polish it. It's a sport script, essentially Karate Kid, but tennis. Her question(s): How do you find a producer who will stay true to the necessary technical components of the script? She's adamant it won't be the movie it could/should be without a director who is willing to focus on portraying the beauty of the tennis game as much as telling the story. Her thing is that if a producer were to be interested in and option her script, would s/he end up diminishing the technicalities of the tennis and it'd end up a watered-down portrayal? She wants it to be appreciated and respected by the tennis industry because it properly showcases the sport. As a writer, I know you're to write the best story possible and leave the execution to the director, and if you sell the script to a producer, you're pretty much relieved of further creative input from there. With that said, she and I were discussing going about producing a project like this. Going the indie route appeals to her, because she'd be able to weigh in more as a producer; we were discussing creating a trailer, or even a pitch reel for potential investors after the script was done, should she want to try to go the indie route. However, I was doing some research for her (since I'm still learning about all this), and from my understanding, going the indie route might not be best unless the writer was also the director. If she's not directing, there isn't really a point in a trailer or pitch reel, right? The way I understand it, a writer/director or director would create a pitch reel/sizzle reel when trying to attract financing. She knows the first step is actually completing the script, but she's excited and can't help thinking ahead :) Anyone who could weigh in on this and the potential paths she (we) could take once her script is ready will be profusely thanked!