Published: November 19th, 2012
What comes after “I optioned my first screenplay” ? One word: Waiting.
Remember, O Writer, that you merely created the word-blueprint that someone found intriguing enough to want to spend time and money to develop into a film. Now, you wait for the slow gears to mesh and the process to unfold, sometimes in jerky spurts and sometimes grinding to a halt. Don’t obsess about it. Go on about writing something else . Why? You-the-Writer have zero control . . . unless you have money and industry wherewithal and contacts to grease the development process. If you do not participate in the development process as an Associate Producer, your sane alternative is to ignore the ups, downs and sideways mechanics of getting a film into production. “My JOB is to write.” That should become your mantra
However, let me explain the barebones of a few things, if only to satisfy your curiosity.