Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Looking Under the Hood

Westercon seems to have a higher percentage of movie industry people, which is not really surprising, since it's just a short drive from Hollywood. I dropped into a couple of presentations today dealing with changing movie technology and looks behind the scene from insiders' perspectives. I suppose everyone has had the impulse to get into the movie business, but the more I learn, the more I know it's not for me. It's a fascinating industry, but the complexity and high stakes would give me a heart attack.

More than one writer of my acquaintance has had stories optioned for movies, and some have gone on to write the screenplay as well. Not for me. I would certainly love the option money, but writing the script sounds like the first step on a greased slope into stressville.

I'll just watch from afar and appreciate all the efforts of other people.

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