Yesterday, I said writing is not producing. I didn’t mean that as an insult.
When I came to LA to attend film school, I thought the writer was in charge of the filmmaking process. It turns out, I was wrong. People usually laugh at me when I relate that bit of youthful naiveté. Or they tell me I should work in TV.
After much soul searching (and ego suppression), I decided directing was not for me. I still wanted to be a writer.
When you tell a friend you just saw an awesome movie, what do they ask? “Who’s in it?” and “What’s it about?” Since most movie stars play the same character over and over, what they really mean is “Who are the characters?” and “What is the story?”
And guess who is the progenitor of the characters and story. That’s right– the writer. Everyone else is just interpreting.