A writer cannot be just a writer when writing scripts for films. While working in a collaborative team, like what we have at Over Coffee Films, if you are the genesis (or take part in the genesis) of an idea, it’s important for you, as a writer to understand the roles, challenges, and limitations the team may face.

For example, it might be really nifty to write a scene on top of a windy skyscraper … but if your team is based in a small town, all you’re doing is unduly putting difficult work on your filmmaking team. Or, for example, if a deep night scene is something you fancy, you may want to write that, but if your team is a little underpowered in its lighting equipment, it’s going to be hard to pull off.

I guess the point is, you must talk to and consider the other people in your team. Understand the limitations of their equipment. Understand the limitations of the producers finding locations. Understand whether you’re working with paid or unpaid actors. Understand that finding quality talent is difficult, so writing an ensemble cast piece when your team is first starting out might be a huge ask.

For me, one thing I need to do, though I am new to the Spokane, Washington area, is to understand our city so that I can effectively create a realistic and, perhaps, even simple shoot. Your job, as the writer, isn’t just to create great stories but to make the lives of your team members as easy as possible without sacrificing quality of work.

A writer for films isn’t just a writer. He or she is responsible for orchestrating at some level because it is from him that the ease or difficulty of storytelling begins.

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