Monday, November 07, 2005


The Production Cycle: Mine, Ours, Everyone's

Progress from creators to audience:
This three-step progression [from the initial creative impulse to collaboration to public consumption] is getting more and more common.
While this may be a new concept as applied to a business idea/book, I think this might be what every entertainment project goes through:
  1. a script is written or a concept is devised by a writer/s, director/s or other instigator
  2. other talent is associated with the project (e.g., actors, designers, etc.)
  3. the public views/experiences it; possibly re-mountings/remakes or spin-offs are made (often by people who had no role in the project's original incarnation)
I think every production of a play (on stage or screen) after the first one exemplifies this (also works like Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Brecht's Round Heads and Pointed Heads, which re-imagines Measure for Measure, etc.). I'm not sure this is a new idea, at least for actors; it may be a unique articulation of it.

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