What a Meeting With my Creative Producer Looks Like (Film Log #13)
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What a Meeting With my Creative Producer Looks Like
I’m in the midst of a new rewrite, not to change a winning habit, and there’s been a lot of ups and downs. I believe emotional roller coaster while creating a story is nothing to be worried about, and is healthy, it means I’m trying and banging my head against walls to break them.
As I’ve mentioned before though, it’s easy to lose your way, and a few days ago, I was literally going to change everything in my story. Why? Because it’s easier to write beginnings with potential, than to dig deeper and deeper and see if you’ll know where to stop.
What kept me on track, and which will come as no surprise if you’ve seen episode 10, is my creative producer. And this episode is an extract of one of our conversations, so you can see what’s going on. Maybe you have an entirely different way of communicating with your creative producer, but why not share, it might start a conversation.
As Joe Swanberg said so well, we would make our lives much easier if we were actually talking about what’s going on and how we deal with things.
I chose this section of our conversation because Gizem actually shared a great tool with me there. Chasing the yawns and killing my darlings are always easy to do in others’ stories, but not that easy in your own. At least for me. So it was good to hear it once, and then hear it again while editing this piece.
If you’ve been through rewrites, I would love to hear how you’ve been dealing with going deeper and deeper into your story. How do you spot problems and how do you correct course?