revising a screenplay, and Clabber has to like it because it’s about him, his
film studio, and his employees. Also, he will be the cinematographer for the
narrative feature film we hope to produce this year. I threw a Jodie person in
the story for some gritty Southern charm, but mainly the characters in Quiet on the Set are me, my
husband, and Clabber’s crew.
and I had a meeting in November to discuss the making of this film. “We have to
cut costs,” said Clabber. “Actors cost a lot of money. And I have an idea –
let’s make a film about a table read.”
me to admit that Clabber had a good idea. If the film were about a table read,
I could eliminate some of the characters, including the older mentor, Lindsay,
who Clabber said “gave him the creeps.” Even though Lindsay was an accurate
portrait of Clabber’s best friend, I erased him.
December, January, and my visit to Texas
in February, I re-wrote my screenplay. This ended up being a worthwhile
exercise, requiring thought. During the table read, I could allow my characters
to stop and ridicule the story. The approach added another layer to the story
and became a film about creating comedy.
Thursday before Valentine’s Day, I met with Clabber and his right-hand man,
John, to discuss the state of the screenplay. Only 60 pages were re-written,
but they showed the Genesis people where I was going.
see you’ve taken my advice,” said Clabber, “and you’re moving in the right
them I was “workshopping” the script, and it helped to read various pages aloud
at SCWW meetings.
got to come up with an actor to play yourself,” I told Clabber. “Somebody you
like. A good actor. What about the fellow who starred in your first horror
seemed embarrassed. “That guy is a handsome leading man,” he said.
noticed that he was a decent actor.” And this was the truth. The actor wasn’t
my cup of tea, beauty-wise. But since I need to keep Clabber happy, it doesn’t
hurt that I suggested his doppelgänger be someone he believes is a potential