The Myth of Overnight Success by Arthur Cola
On June 16 I had the pleasure of presenting my books to the “Literati” and guests of the Italian Cultural Center in Chicago. At the very end I made mention of how my screenplay adaptation of my novel, “The Stone Cutter Genius,” was titled, “Ring of the Magi.” I told them of my meeting with a film producer who told me that my script was marketable. Naturally, they were excited for me and went into the thought process that the movie would be made quickly. And that’s when I realized that was exactly what I thought when I first heard that a producer of films was interested in my work.
The reality is however, that it took over a year of placing before what seemed to be an endless list of people in the movie business before just one took an interest. Then meetings were held in which the strengths and weaknesses of the script were discussed. Then a plan was devised in which a “Table Read” would be planned live on stage. That is, actors would read the script before an audience, not act it out except orally. And that’s the phase at which we currently find ourselves. Contacts are being made to garner interest from actors to do the reading, film crews who might like to record the event so that the video might be used to promote the film project of “Ring of the Magi” to investors. Then once some financial commitment is made to the project we can then present it to film production companies in the hopes that one or more would be interested to creating the movie version. This would be followed by casting, location shots, scene design and so forth. Each of those areas would require time to complete. Once the cast, sets and scene locations are chosen then rehearsals take place. Finally, scenes are filmed. Then the director and editors piece together those film scenes to create what would be seen on the screen. Then the finished product is marketed and distributed to cinema owners who hopefully will show an interest in carrying the film in their theaters. If all of that happens the movie premieres and is seen by the general public probably after small showings had taken place to discern interest level in certain areas of the market, ie. 18-29 year olds, over 55 groups and so forth. When the title “Ring of the Magi” based on the novel: The Stone Cutter Genius is flashed on the screen, one might jump to the conclusion that Arthur Cola is an overnight success as they had never heard of that name before.
In reality, if and when this project moves from its current phase of development and promotion to production, it will have begun with years of research and writing: 2 years of research, a year to write the book, a year to edit and draft the book, a couple of years to promote the book, a year to write the screenplay version and now months of promoting the script. But by then, who cares? For the dream of seeing one’s work move from the pages of one’s book to the screen is well worth the effort. So don’t give up hope and do plug along until that break suddenly happens and your dream becomes a reality. I’m still dreaming and working with whomever I can to make it happen.
Tomorrow, I shall talk about putting a face on the film project.
(Find the books by Arthur Cola at www.amazon.com/kindle and www.feedaread.com by searching for his name and book title. Learn more about his literary efforts on his Blog: www.arthurcolalegendarytales.wordpress.com ).