Last night, Gen and Zee spoke to a capacity audience at Ealing Studios of writers and film makers who had braved the tube strike. But they were glad they did as they got the inside track on just how it IS still possible to write a spec (speculative) script and sell it in LA… though as the evening wore on, it became clear that this rabbit hole certainly went deeper than any of us expected.
I think everyone present was surprised at just how many times the project nearly happened, then didn’t, before rebooting into another incarnation where it was tweaked and enhanced for a new production company or studio in LA. I wasn’t counting but it felt like around ten major incarnations, or ‘moments’ when the film look tantalisingly like it was about to happen. What a marathon.
One clear message from Zee was his belief that creatives tend to hold onto ideas. We tend to pursue doggedly even when it’s clear that it’s not going to happen. He went as far as to say that both he and Gen continued (and still continue) to push ‘Angels’ even when they should really move onto other projects (Gen at this point objected loudly, making his point entertainingly!). He suggested a much better strategy would be to continue to push a project, but simultaneously begin development on other projects so as to avoid only having one iron in the fire.
I guess it’s about spreading your bets as so often, random factors impact on the value of a project.
After the seminar there was a lively Q and A session with really great questions. And because of the tube strike, we did film the event – so at some point it will appear in some form on the web. Sign up to the newsgroup on the side here to get emails about when that video goes live.
OK here is some feedback form the event…
‘The Absolute Angels event last night was fantastic. It was great to hear Genevieve and Andrew and get a change to hear how Hollywood works up close and personal. Thanks…’
Nigel Sizer, Film Maker
‘I thoroughly enjoyed last night and found it not only interesting but informative and ultimately, despite the script not going to screen, positive!’
Finally, I just had to share one I got from last Thursdays book event at the BFI too…
‘I read the GFM Pocketbook in one go! It was the most informative and useful book about film making, I’ve ever read. Thank you guys for writing it and inspiring those of us out there’
Ogy Stoilov, Film Maker
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author