Coproduce: (v) to produce a motion picture, play, etc, in collaboration with others.
My son works in the independent film industry.
Matter of fact, for four years I joined his wife, Tracy and him by penning thirteen screenplays, which they ably turned into feature-length
It was very enjoyable.
We agreed on almost everything—except…
He really felt it was good—dare I say noble?—to collaborate. To co-produce with strangers.
Let me make it very clear. I love people as long as I don’t have to endure too many of their opinions.
I welcome input.
I learn from almost everyone.
But normally I do this by watching their successes and imitating those procedures.
What I do not like to do is sit around a table and “brainstorm.” To me, brainstorming leads to a tornado of confusion.
I also don’t like the fact that when people co-produce, they tend to focus too much on their own contribution to the project, sniffing it out like hound dogs looking for a scurrying rabbit, constantly reminding everyone quietly, or loudly, that the preceding portion was their idea.
Perhaps in the long run, I lose some quality by tapping only the sap of my own tree trunk.
But when you only have yourself to blame, you don’t have to share bows or get into ridiculous arguments about whose ingenious notions really made the experience click.
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