I had this fascinating call with a producer today. It was about the lack of payment I wrote about earlier.
The one word that comes to my mind is professionalism.
Not only did she explain what had happened in the communication between her and the director, but she also made me feel important and interesting for future projects; and of course made me confident that there will be money on my account shortly.
She took all the steps needed to have one satisfied screenwriter in the other end, which is good, not only for their own reputation, but also for the future. Now she knows she has a writer, just in case a writer will be needed in the project.
I was talking to someone who wasn't afraid to call and it sure wasn't her first time to sorted up messes and conflicts. Somehow in a weird way I felt kind of honored. I guess that is her job as well.
I don’t care if she was honest and personal or not. In the long run honesty is a fabulous plus, but for this call, it is really not important. Really, it isn’t. What is important is that they thought it was important enough to sort this mess out and make me happy as long as needed.
I’ll get my money and have the right attitude for rewriting if needed. When the production is done, the reasons to keep me happy are far less. Now the needs have shifted some: the only reason for the producer to stay in touch is of she thinks I might come in handy later, and that is up to me, if I have done an outstanding job or not.
And since she told me there might, maybe be future projects, I will of course, according to plan, do my very best to do an outstanding job and show every ability I have, to prove I'm easy to work with as well.