A man on a vision …

My quest continues. Not a ‘mission’ (don’t like the word), but on a vision to find the most innovative and talented director in films today.

Came across this advice a few years ago: ‘Don’t Market your Script to the Wrong People.

When all is written and done, and you’re ready to get your script out there, don’t just look for the top agents, managers, and producers to query them. You have to choose very wisely who you approach.

This applies even more so when you have a ScreenplayPLUS to take forward!

I am daily inspired by the words of one of my mentors, the incomparable William Blake, 220 years ago:

On 16 August 1799, Blake replied to Rev’d Trusler (a local priest) in a letter ‘brimming with the curious coalition undergirding all of his art – vexation with the status quo, deep personal torment, and unassailable creative buoyancy.’ writes Maria Popova.

“I find more & more that my style of designing is a species by itself, and in this which I send you have been compelled by my (Muse) or Angel to follow where he led; if I were to act otherwise it would not fulfil the purpose for which alone I live.

I attempted every morning for a fortnight together to follow your dictate, but when I found my attempts were in vain, resolved to show an independence which I know will please an author better than slavishly following the track of another, however admirable that track may be. At any rate, my excuse must be: I could not do otherwise; it was out of my power!

I know I begged of you to give me your ideas and promised to build on them; here I counted without my host. I now find my mistake.”

Blake was adamant. What prohibited him from obeying Trusler’s demands wasn’t just  the impossibility, but the sacrilege, of disobeying his Muse.

Blake by Thomas Phillips 1807

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