This week, I just pitched to a director for a subject that I’m very familiar with and I sent him a sample of my work. He liked it and emailed me another writer’s unfinished script. He also sent pages of notes and clips of interviews he considered essential to fulfilling his vision. This person has a very specific idea of this vision in his mind. The problem I predict is articulating the director’s philosophical ideas into an entertaining screenplay. Fortunately, I have experience with this very situation and it will be a polite pass for me. I won’t work on anything where the producer/director is so heavily involved in developing the screenplay. My experience with this has been all bad. I'm not talking about suggesting ideas or script notes. I'm talking about micromanaging the screenwriter.
What’s been your experience?