My wife recorded a season of "Project Greenlight" thinking it would keep me busy and I wouldn't keep bouncing story ideas off her. I watched season 2 (The Battle of Shaker Heights) last night. I found it interesting and informative looking how a feature movie actually gets made. The role of the writer in the pre-production process was interesting in taking notes from producers, directors and from the studio and aligning these notes took a great deal of energy to accomplish. However, the writer role seemed subjugated once shooting began. After shooting, the film editing became most paramount with many discussions between the directors and the studio on marketability. What I took away was the fact the screenplay was only the starting point for a story, once a production team, director, actors, and the studio becomes involved, there is little or no control over what the writer might think the story is about. The job of the writer or writing team is to take notes from different perspectives and points of view and attempt to align them so that everyone has some satisfaction. This appears to be a daunting task. Writing the "perfect" screenplay is impossible. Writing a compelling and gripping story only gets you noticed. Having the ability to work with others and be skillful in aligning notes seems to be the primary function of a writer. I'm interested in opinions of these observations. Am I completely off base?