May 2, 2012
I've always worked on screenplays. I tried writing a teleplay and a play, but it just never panned out. Of the roughly 10+ screenplays just sitting on my harddrive, most are terrible, but some are decent. But through hours of writing and reading, I have learned many a lesson that's for sure! As of yet, never anything published.
I write because I love to tell stories. I write screenplays because I love movies. But I also believe in Gandhi was correct when he said "Be the change you want to see in the world." If I despise most of the schlock that Hollywood produces year-after-year (I'm looking at you Transformers...) then why don't I write something I want to see? I can't be the only person who wants better quality films? Can I? So, to answer your questions, my goal is write for a living. I want to sell these scripts and I want to not leave my house to "go to work".
It's never easy to receive notes on your work, and years ago the answer would have been a resounding "No!", but after years of working in a collaberative profession and having "my baby" ripped apart only to be re-born as something better taught me to remove my ego from the equation. This isn't a personal attack, it's a method to make your writing better. I prefer an honest critique to blind praise. Blind Praise is what your mom gives you and we can all get that already. I want something with which I can work. Although praises feels nicer, it doesn't do anything for you or your work. On the otherhand, I expect that same level of understanding from others regarding my notes. I have been called "brutally honest", even telling a person they needed to consider a "Page one re-write" before, but I always say I want their script to make it therefore I can "...remember when..." with pride and excitement.
I want an outsider's opinion on my screenplays. I need someone who isn't a "friend" (although I'm not opposed to making some) to read my work and say what works and what doesn't. I believe I have some talent, but it's difficult to be objective about your own stuff. And I want to surround myself with people who are as passionate about screenwriting as I am. We fuel each other at that point. It makes it exciting and you can't wait to see what happens next in the script of their careers. Also, networking rarely hurts a person or their career.
My name is Brev Tanner. I work in IT and have a passionate love affair with film and writing. I've been "working" on being a screenwriter for over 10 years, but life has always gotten in the way. Now is the time to quit making excuses.
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