Today I applied for the January 2015 Sundance Screenwriting Lab with our project “Big Sister.” Sundance is a prestigious festival and it has been and continues to be a great organization that supports those who create and produce films. While applying for the lab may not be considered “blog-worthy,” I feel it is worth commenting on because the whole process of writing a cover letter, artistic statement, preparing bios and acknowledging that they will only look at the first 5 pages of the script… all of this made me think about our script deeply and what it meant on a larger level.
I also find it fascinating that as a script goes through all the steps that sometimes have to be taken before it can be produced, one continues to see how certain elements of the script can possibly be changed, tweaked, adjusted, etc. It seems to me that a script is not officially “done” until it has been shot and released for people to see it.
I recall an interview with recording artist Natalie Cole in which she reflected on certain songs she had recorded. She would criticize herself, saying, “Why did I sing that note? I should have sang another one.” –and comments of this nature. She said she finally accepted, though, that art is a living thing; it will never be perfect. It was perfect on the day the song was recorded; several years later, a “new” version of “perfect” might rise to the surface.
So it is with scripts, I imagine, and/or any creative work. It seems perfect at a certain moment in time, and it must be floated out to the universe. “Big Sister” is my latest “child” and I want the best for “her” as I release her out into the world, but, as any parent knows, there is only so much they can do.
So, Sundance, I’m glad “Big Sister” has been properly entered, and I hope for the best. In the meantime, I will continue to seek other opportunities for this creative effort that I am so proud of and that I believe deserves to have a real chance with top-notch talent at the helm.