Originally Posted by gorillaonabike
That's just my perspective which could be wrong but it's what I live by. If anything, when I fail, it's because I forget this basic principle.
You are not wrong. You and I are different.
What I want, what I'm good at and what I love is directing.
And that often means artistic compromise. I, too, will walk
away from projects I don't want to do. But I very much enjoy
the challenge of working with others especially when we don't
share the same artistic vision. I do not believe that my vision
is superior so I will gladly compromise. Sometimes I end up
thinking I was right and sometimes I find I was not.
I know from experience that if I were to only accept gigs in
which I have total artistic control I would work far less. And
what I want, what I'm good at and what I love is working. I
know I'm not so talented that I can walk away from a
writer/producer and not compromise. What I'm good at is
working with others to achieve a finished project.
A prostitute or a “working stiff”?
Originally Posted by Cracker Funk
While I think it bad practice for a producer to not allow a director to see through their vision (why did you hire them in the first place?), let's not forget the fact that the producer is in charge.
I have worked with actor/writers who don't want to direct
themselves but have a strong vision of what that what their
movie to be. I have worked with writer/producers who
understand that they are not skilled on set but still have a
strong vision of how they want their script made. Since I
understand that, that is why I'm hired in the first place. And
I'm with you; the producer is in charge.
There are many different needs in making a movie. We tend
to focus on the auteur director who doesn't compromise. But
there are writers and producers who also have a strong, artistic
vision and want a director who will make their vision happen.
Quick, without looking it up name five TV directors. Not movie
directors who have done TV. TV directors.
Now name five TV writer/creators.