How do we add depth, richness, and humanity to a project while supporting its creative, critical, and financial success? Listen to it as if it’s already complete, feel what it wants to be, and have the courage to “give a story its head,” letting it do what it knows to do.
“Invent something more real than reality.”
It can be nothing short of a mystical experience to solve a pesky creative challenge this way. We link up to the story and the connection we feel takes us where we’re both headed.
There is that flash of inspiration that infuses life into a script by inventing something that feels more real than reality. The fun of seeing an object magically come to life on set as the props master builds the thing you wrote into the script the week before.
There are such high levels of teamwork required in storytelling that relinquishing control to others is an act of trust rewarded by them also giving it their best. Have you watched movies in cultures where they respect the experience? Most of the audience sits through the credits. And sometimes we are gifted with one final beat of story as a thank you from the film team.
The audience and the team making the story are transported together into the magic of something that was created from nothing, and now you hold the published book in your hand. You sit in the back of the theater and hear the laughter fall just where you hoped it would. You remember the inspired journey it took to get there. All those large and small story problems that had to be solved. All that trust and all that love harnessed to tell the tale.