The Show Must Go On



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!).

Wow! This one is a good one.

All three of the positions to be filled in the making of this BLOCKBUSTER FILM are leadership positions. That is good… for me. There are times that I am not a great follower when there is a “big picture” involved. I hate the standing around and doing nothing. I hate the ineptitude of ‘want-a-be-s’ on a stage. I live for the passion of successes.

If there is not the possibility of the thrills of success… why bother?

The Easy One… Playing the Lead Role

I enjoy the decision-making processes for successes more than I enjoy the limelight of successes. So…. I do not want to be the lead performer. I do not mind being an assistant to the lead… being his/ her confidant… being the go-to-man. But the limelight really has no draw for me.

Therefore, being the lead performer in a film has no appeal to me.

One down… two to go.

Now the question becomes, in which of these two remaining roles would I have the most creative freedom for an end result of success.

Responsibilities of a Movie Producer

The Producer of the movie is the man in charge from the very beginning. It is “his baby”. He discovers and then acquires the rights to the book and then hires someone to create it into a script. He is in charge of the hiring of the director, the actors, the filming and the stage crews. He is in charge of finding the financiers and developing the budget. He arranges the shooting schedule and the logistics of scene locations. The final approval and distribution of the film are in his domain.

This “baby” is his from the beginning to the end. It is a long term deal. Likely this would last several years from the beginning to the end.

While I enjoy the intricacies of the creation of “pet projects” … I am too spastic at task fulfillment to have any desire to begin and end a project every five to seven years. I like short term goals and successes. I do not mind if they build upon each other so that there are long range accomplishments. But waiting every seven year to complete a project, only to begin another project with its expected completion seven years away… not for me.

Responsibilities of a Movie Director

The movie director is the storyteller. This is very appealing to me: I love stories! The director gets to interpret the script, approve costumes, structure the choreography, and seek arrangements of the music. I would find this exhilarating and very fulfilling. The director has to work with the actors and actress to complete his interpretation of the story. THIS IS WHERE I COULD NOT BE. I hate prima donnas. I do not work well with egomaniacal, narcissistic ingrates. ‘Nough said.

So there goes my fame and fortune at being a movie director as well.

The Long-Awaited Conclusion

I guess I will have to settle for no lead role, no film producing, nor any movie directing in my foreseeable future. That’s OK. I am pretty content with where I am at the present.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Show Must Go On.”

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