In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and

The Show Must Go On.
If you were involved in a movie, would you rather be the director, the producer, or the lead performer? (Note: you can’t be the writer!).

None of the above? Okay… fine…  I’ll pick one.  I’ve acted before.  Not that thrilled and I hate being in front of a audience.

A Producer?    I had to look this up.   I found this when I googled it.

Producers play an integral role in the television, film and video industries. A producer will oversee each project from conception to completion and may also be involved in the marketing and distribution processes. Producers work closely with the directors and other production staff on a shoot. This is not going to work on so many levels. Don’t expect me to raise funding or market. I hate marketing. Hades, I hate doing this platform but I do it.  The trouble shooting I would be good at.  Very good at.  I’m good at problem solving.   Budget?  Are you out of your mind?  No.

So producer?  Just no.  Not happening.

For Director I found this:

Generally, a film director controls a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Yeah… That works better.  I can tell you that MY Reacher would not be Tom Cruise.  I would put a real Reacher in there not a bad Hollywood one off because his name is famous.  I also wouldn’t have the damn American problem of rewriting the book and putting a happy ending on it if there wasn’t one.  Hollywood takes too damn many liberties with books.  The script better have some meat to it and not the crap they are producing now.

Of the 3, I would probably be happiest with Director.

Writer is still what I prefer but I wouldn’t want to do a screenplay.  The politics of publishing is bad enough, the politics of movies is probably murder.  I’m just not that into Movies or TV or at least American versions of it.  The last time I saw a film was… heck I don’t even watch  them on primewire.   I wouldn’t pay a ticket’s price for the claptrap they put out if I don’t watch them when they are free.  Give me a book anytime.

Once upon a time, I would have loved the thought but that was when movies were movies with meat,  TV shows were TV shows were written to mean something besides kill your brain, and “small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”

Just let me with my books and my writing. I’m happy.

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