Hollywood Drum Corps Creative Twilight Zone

I started working as counsel on three new movies in the last two weeks, all completely different in scope, filmmakers, genre, budget and location. This is a hype, because one of the most fun parts of my work is joining new teams of people to help create a movie.  There is a lot of work to be done by everyone, for sure, but there is also a lot of hype, passion, fun and creativity.

Once I got to LA, it didn’t take me long to realize that the process of making a movie actually has a lot of parallels to fielding a competitive drum corps. True story. I think that’s why I found film such a good fit for my skill set, frankly, and maybe that is true for others who work in film and drum corps.

Think about the creative process for a second –

You form a production team.  Then you get the underlying rights to the literary source and/or music.  You raise money, write the show, add cast, and then embark on a creative process that is about one year long. When you’re done, the “show” goes out into the world and competes against everyone else.  Then your team celebrates, goes their separate ways, usually completely exhausted. Then it starts all over again. And almost never, ever, ever – will two consecutive production teams be ever exactly 100% the same the next year.  Which inherently makes it a relationship based industry, by definition.

Now that you just read that paragraph, ask yourself – am I talking about making a movie, or fielding the Phantom Regiment?



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