A photo of me on set - with my very serious ‘thinking’ expression!
We both love our work. Getting to tell stories for a living is a great privilege and lots of fun! Daniel is screenwriter and works full time at a movie production company. He’s got two films coming out in the next couple months; a drama for Lifetime, and an action-comedy for Millennium Films. His job is pretty straight forward, but also incredibly challenging! He either comes up with a story idea on his own, or a producer hires him to write a story idea they have. He creates an outline, then a script, and then revises that script based on notes given by producers, directors, actors and/or financiers. Sometimes the revision process can take months or even years! It’s the kind of work that takes incredible amounts of imagination, flexibility, humility, patience and diligence - not to mention, raw talent. I’m always amazed at the endless fountain of ideas Daniel has, and am inspired every day by his dedication to the craft. I always burst with pride when I read or watch his work.
I’ve been a producer for nearly fifteen years for companies including The Walt Disney Company, The Oprah Winfrey Network, NBCUniversal, and most recently, Viacom. I’ve made films, tv and web shows, commercials, and music videos. As a producer, my job is to shepherd the entire lifecycle of a production from start to finish. I hire everyone and ensure that the project stays on track creatively and budgetarily. What I love about filmmaking is the collaborative nature of it. Every single job from the director, to the makeup artist, to the production assistant is necessary to create the finished product. Each person’s expertise is invaluable, and we all must work together to create an excellent finished product. I know I’ve done my job well if everyone feels that their work made a valuable contribution to the project. It’s difficult and beautiful all at the same time.