Trying To Act Normal

I can truthfully type the following sentence.  In a few days, my script will be circulating Hollywood.  My script agent is in search of the biggest talent and directors.  My favorite actors, who I am in awe of, will be reading and visualizing themselves in a world I created just a few short weeks ago.  I have just submitted the revised script with the suggestions that came out of long phone meetings with the film producer and the script agent.  It’s in the agent’s hands now.  The suggestions that they made were so helpful.  I added one scene and a changed the profession of one of the characters, and rippled this throughout the script.  This, as always, connects with other characters and changes the dialog a bit, but it vastly improved the screenplay.

I’d say I’m pretty unaffected in general.  The way I see it, I have a job to do.  I have a client (or clients) seeking my help to receive the best product or service that I can possibly deliver.  Whether it is selling you my diffuser or creating a feature film, I focus on the job.  When there are script changes, I see it as a fantastic opportunity to improve.  I go to camera stores, hang out with the sales people or customers who come up to the counter.  I sometimes fly across the country to literally stand in front of a handful of salespeople, so I can get feedback on how to improve my products.  A feature film is now another product that I have added to my product line.

Thank goodness I had billionaire and celebrity clients when I was a wedding photographer.  It makes this easier to just focus on the job.

I love this script dearly.  I currently have two very important fans of this screenplay who matter in Hollywood.  It is conceivable that there will be many more climbing on board as we circulate the screenplay, and as they climb on board I will, as best I can, try to slap myself silly and remember that I am creating a product, and I want to please my customers.  In this case, I am creating a movie, and my customers are the people who buy a ticket, and munch on popcorn.  I always respect that whenever I give a seminar, or have you stop what you’re doing to watch my videos on YouTube, that you are interrupting your life to listen to me.  I respect that and always want to provide value.  I gave an all day seminar in Istanbul to five people.  I gave it the same effort and preparation as when I give a seminar to 1,500.

If you’ve ever read my book, “The Accidental Millionaire”, you will recall an amazing life lesson that I learned as a volunteer at an emergency room.  I saw the ER Physician calmly save one life after another, methodically and professionally.  Later, when I asked him how he didn’t freak out.  He said that he is trained to “focus on the process, not the outcome”.  Wiser words were never spoken to me.  I focus on the process, not the outcome.

My script revisions have been very quick to fix.  It’s actually easy for me to do this.  If I recall correctly, the producer gave me some comments and thought it would take me a month to get them done.  It took three days.  After the next set with the Script Agent, it took overnight.  And after the last meeting on Friday, it too, was overnight.  Actually, it took about 45 minutes.  My agent asked me, “do you ever get any sleep?”

Outside of the first couple of days when I was wracked with inspiration, my writing schedule is just a few hours.  I make breakfast for the kids.  We have our nightly routine of dinner, bath time and story time.  That never changes.

It has been a bit challenging to edit my YouTube videos on Premiere Pro, as these are instructional videos.  In my mind, I am envisioning my movie with some pretty big sets (Times Square, an airliner, a submarine) and I am pushing the script to give the actors more opportunities to show their chops.  The screenwriter is like a director.  You think about the performances, the camera angles, the things you want to say in a lot of words that must be shown in a glance cinematically.

My script agent had me make changes to one of the female characters to help me give an actress a reason to get excited to take the role.  So now, my clients became the agent, the future director, and the actress.

I remember going to the camera store before I invented the Lightsphere and wishing somebody would make a bigger, softer diffuser.  Nobody made one, so I decided to.  And lately, we have been seeing some pretty dud movies or mindless sequels of surefire hits.  I get pretty bored watching these.  I want to watch a great movie, with a gripping storyline that keeps you guessing, has great character development, a heavy second act leading to an explosive final act.  Plot twists.  A big payoff in the end.  I want to see movies like that, but nobody makes them hardly anymore.

So I felt like I had to write one.  I hope you will enjoy it, because I wrote it for you.

 

I'm an author, photographer, entrepreneur, musician, husband and parent of twins. And most currently, screenwriter

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    You are one amazing guy – love seeing your achievements, but above all, love how grounded you are! Hope this all goes perfectly!

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    Love reading these musings of yours, Gary, and I am already planning to enjoy your movie when it hits the theaters! Love that you are so REAL, and so willing to share that authenticity with people.

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    So exciting! I cant wait to see how it all plays out.

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    I’ve enjoyed reading about this latest venture! I didn’t realize there was special software for writing screenplays. Did you also use something special when you wrote your memoir? I’ve long thought about writing a book (or even a screenplay); you’ve given me some motivation.

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