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Old 02-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
Apextwin
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Default Do producers keep young directors involved in development?

Recently there have been a number of young directors who set up feature versions based on a short films of theirs at various production companies. Most of them, however, have no script for those features and only vague notion of how the story would play out.

How much input can these directors expect to have over how their treatments / pitches get developed once they've been optioned? Is it customary for producers to keep these directors creatively involved once they've hired a writer? Or are they pretty much on the sidelines throughout the process?

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Old 02-06-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: How much input do short-film directors have on feature-version development?

Depends on the project, the director, the producers, the studio, but it's usually like any other development process when there's a director attached -- close collaboration with all parties, with the writer and director forming the core of the creative team, the writer acting as the director's pencil, figuring out how to translate the director's ideas to the page, forming and shaping and adding to those ideas so that they work within the context of a screenplay.
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