That’s not how this works
I get messages via YouTube with fair frequency. Most of them are variations on “badass dude” and “wut program u use 2 make lightsbaers?”
But occasionally, I’ll get an email in which the sender seems to believe he is volunteering a service, when in fact he is actually asking me and/or Ryan to provide one. Today, I got a particularly amusing one that I thought I’d share. Subject line: “Can I help.”
I know that you don’t know me, but I have some new ideas that I need help getting to life. I write science fiction storys [sic] and scripts, and I know that my stuff is like nothing you have ever seen before. To get a taste it’s a mixture of X-men, Star Wars, and Underworld. I hope to hear from you soon.
Okay, first off:
My favorite part is where he says it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, then proceeds to name three things I’ve seen that it’s like. Just for a taste, mind you.
But here’s what I’m talking about. He comes into this apparently under the impression that he’s offering to help, when in fact what he’s doing is offering to give me “storys” he’s written (<– big confidence booster there with regard to writing, by the way) so that I can go make them.
Putting aside for the time being that I’ve already got enough story ideas of my own to deal with, not to mention Anthony’s, and fully acknowledging that writing is a challenging process, it’s still the easy part when it comes to filmmaking.
This guy isn’t alone in failing to appreciate how difficult it is to make a short film, let alone a huge feature. Ever since the RvD2 was released, literally within ten minutes, people were asking us for RvD3. As if we had another film in our pockets and just forgot about it.
Like I said, this is not the first email I’ve gotten offering to do me the favor of writing a movie I can’t possibly produce. I’m nowhere near the echelon of even a Kevin Smith, let alone a Steven Spielberg, but I’m quickly coming to understand why the system is what it is. If it were easy to break in, everyone would. And we’d have even more lazily-written and hastily-produced junk in cinemas than we even do now.
Speaking of which, still owe a Terminator Salvation review. ‘Fore the weekend’s out, hopefully.