Published: June 18th, 2012
Writers are a strange lot because they work alone yet crave recognition and acceptance of “the masses.” The e-book industry has made that link a possibility for many a fiction writer. But, where does the beleaguered unproduced screenwriter connect with the audience? Some might think that the independent producers are the answer. I say, “Yes and No.”
Yes, independent producers are more accessible than the studio system, BUT, a writer will find it necessary to scale back story, cast, setting, and many other elements to fit the budget of an independent. If a writer has creative confidence in the structure of story and the power of its characters, as well as in one’s own ability to revise and refocus for the lower budget film-maker, no problemo. The screenwriter must constantly remember that the original script is merely a blueprint, an outline for the production company to build its version of that story. Do you see the unsteady tightrope the writer must walk and with confidence, to boot?