Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Producers struggle to stay productive

For anyone interested in the feature world, here's a very interesting panel interview in the LA Times:

"When Universal greenlit Duplicity and State of Play, it also was greenlighting Fast & Furious. They didn't know that one wasn't going to work, that one was going to overperform and another was going to underperform. They didn't know that. No one can read the future. But producers are the greatest optimists in the world. I mean, that's who we really are. We are the people that find some material and actually imagine that it could be a movie. What are the odds of that? And then not only do we imagine it can be a movie, we imagine it could be a hit, and maybe even win an award. We are the ones with the machetes going through the Amazon jungle to the places we've never been before." - Gary Lucchesi, Lakeshore


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3 comments:

Russ said...

"We are the ones with the machetes going through the Amazon jungle to the places we've never been before."

It should be pointed out that Gary Lucchesi's credits include ├ćon Flux, Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, Runaway Bride and the Underworld franchise.

Those are places we've definitely been to before.

Dan Williams said...

It's the best business in the world and it only takes one hit to make a career. And you get to work with such talented and vibrant persons, full of ideas and energy. The thing is, I think, to find out what you have a talent for and to specialize in it. Specialists seem to succeed while middle-of-the-road generalists can't compete with them over the long haul.

A Surreal Memory said...

So I'm also an aspiring tv writer, but look at the brightside: at least you're in L.A.!

Have you submitted anything to any competitions?