“It takes a village”.
The value in that statement is priceless. All filmmakers (writers/directors/producers) have an initial vision, but without a dedicated creative team… your story will not see the light of day. Sure, one can be proactive and get the ball rolling, but there needs to be a right and left hand to complete the vision. For me that would include a producing partner and director. This post pinpoints the first positive signs to look out for when building your creative team in the development stage. In essence, the glove fits when:
1. Your script is read within days of sharing (usually 24-72 hr turnaround)
2. Ongoing communication is mutual (no chasing down necessary)
3. Suggestions are given that respect the overall vision
There are more signs, but the three listed above are great starts. Keep in mind that attaching enthuastic actors as a part of your early creative team is encouraged, and not to mention a motivating delight.
I’ll leave you with this: If there are red flags, don’t be afraid to step back and revise. Always put the needs of the project first.