Film Courage: What’s the hardest part about the screenwriting process for you?
Chad Meisenheimer, Actor/Writer/Comic/Director: On good days I always try to get a routine. As a writer, always get a routine. Mine…I had set up a low expectation of two pages a day, it’s doable because I can’t make excuses like Oh I was busy. Two pages a day, I could do it.
Usually when I write scripts I could write an actual feature. Like I’ve written features, like a lot of them. I could write a 90-to-120-page script in two-to-four days. I have no problem creating content. Then I’ll spend a week-to-two weeks editing.
Recently I started writing a horror feature for a horror company where I was not motivated, it was work.
I was Oh my gosh, they are expecting something like this, this, and this. And it took me five weeks just to write a 77-page first draft. I try to keep my direct stuff between 75-to-85 pages because I just want it short and simple.
And it’s like Okay we can do this low-budget, easy, no problem. But it was so hard to write this one script and horror is my genre and I’m like Why is this taking so long? I literally have to send it in tomorrow, so it’s done thank goodness. But 5 weeks…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
About Chad (from IMDB Bio):
Born in the 1980’s but raised by the 1990’s. Chad Meisenheimer is an award-winning and critically acclaimed Los Angeles based Content Creator – Actor – Comedian – Podcast Host originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He formed MaxiMeise Productions with his late brother, Brent Meisenheimer (1986-2007) in 2000 while attending the film department at Solano Community College. Chad has also co-founded Just Trust Me Productions with Chester Finney (2011-2013) and Chad Meisenheimer Comedy Presents in 2012. He’s an alumni from Solano Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Film/Television Production and a graduate of the two year acting conservatory, the Actors Training Program in partnership with Solano College Theater (Now defunct).
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