How do you guys maintain the excitement of writing the first page of the screenplay until you cut the last scene of the film?
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Honestly, I've heard that you have to be a masochist to love the film business - LOL - but I must be one, because this is both my actual AND dream job. However, if you don't have that initial excitement when writing a script, pitching it, getting it funded by investors, a studio or even family/friends or crowdfunding, sitting in editing every day with the editor, looking at new versions, imagining it playing to a SOLD OUT audience at a respectable film festival and dare I say in theatrical release for distribution, you are in the wrong business. I mean that respectfully, not in any kind of a snarky way. Now, if what you're saying is you are excited by you feel burned out from lack of sleep, energy, eating fast food while working late, this is a different story - LOL. Again, put it out to GOD and the Universe, imagine it, summon it, BE IT. And, I am being totally serious here. The possibility of what that film could be. Film Festivals. Whether it plays in one theater you rented or one thousand. Studio distribution or four-walling it. Special One-Night Screenings in restaurants (yes, a window some filmmakers fail to take advantage of) or three thousand theaters. SONY Home Entertainment or CreateSpace or someone in between. WHAT THAT FILM CAN BE. THAT should be more than enough to keep you going! Break Legs and STAY FRESH! ;)
I always keep myself guessing. Before I write the next page, I ask myself, "What is the worst possible thing that could happen at this point?" and that's what happens.
It will continuously change. Just get it done - at all cost.
I love writing! I love filming! I love editing! (I know, ...I'm weird.) :-)
Wayne, you're not weird. If you didn't love those things, I'd say you were in the wrong industry! ;)
My counsel to FIFO (Fade In/Fade Out) writers/filmmakers, and anyone else who asks, is that the whole process is a marathon, not a sprint. A sprint pace cannot be sustained throughout the entire effort.
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