Always exciting to have films airing on television worldwide…
November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yes, it’s that time of year again when the TV networks start to air their perennial holiday films in the US and worldwide. I love holiday films because if they garner good ratings, you’ll always find them airing every year on television. I’ve written four holiday films, two were produced and another one is going into production in early 2012.
If you haven’t experienced it yet, being able to watch your own movies on TV is something to behold. It makes up for all the hard work on your journey as a screenwriter. You know first hand the dedication and hard work it took to secure the writing job, doing the many rewrites, helping with the on set rewrites, and now you get to experience the result of everyone’s hard work and creativity. Is the end product perfect? Nothing is perfect. You have to let go of any regrets and just enjoy the fruits of your labor.
These are the moments we aspire to experience as writers — to be paid, credited and have others around the world see the finished product. In fact, millions of viewers during the première airing. Again, you always work hard to craft the best script possible under the circumstances and then let others take over to create something bigger — the real movie. I never take my journey for granted because I know what it took to get to this moment. The distribution aspect of the screenwriter’s journey is always a kick and every time I make it out of the trenches and gain some real ground, I hold my new position with renewed vigor. It motivates me to work even harder to move forward again with humility, patience and a renewed sense of direction for the next screenplay.
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T. E. Lawrence