I’m going to the Maldron Hotel in Smithfield tomorrow to meet up with the other Hotel Darklight writers and hopefully get hooked up with a director (in a non-romantic sense, obviously!).
Darklight have made it clear, though, that we’re all only shortlisted at the moment and that there’s no guarantee right now that we’ll “make the final list”. So it’s all to play for. The really valuable thing I’m going to learning here, of course, is how to work on a film and how to deal with everyone else on the project. So fingers crossed it all works out.
I’ve been talking to a lot of other writers recently and what comes across are the odds stacked against them and the long road that stretches ahead of you once you decide you want to write. Sane people (i.e. non-writers) often ask if it’s worth it. They wonder why anyone would keep going in the face of re-draft after re-draft, with no hope in a lot of cases that your script will ever get made. But it’s like a lottery – some of us are going to win. It doesn’t matter about the ones that crash and burn, the projects that fall apart at the last minute. The director who tells you he loves your work and never calls you back. The form letters that come back in the post full of variants of “no”.
Someone somewhere right now is inking a deal to make a movie - and some day that could be one of us. Here’s hoping….