I am big believer in the notion that as a species we are better together than we are apart, that the common core of our shared humanity is stronger than that which seeks to marginalize us and factualize us and turn us against each other.
Budget grows out of the story. If you're writing a story with people caught in an elevator for most of the film, you're pretty sure it won't be a $200 million movie.
I want to have time. When you're doing a monthly book, you're like a man racing after a bus. You're breathless and red-faced. I want to build in quality control.
I think for any writer, creating and controlling your own property is the ultimate dream.
I'm all for crossovers if they benefit the individual books.
When you walk into a movie theater, you don't walk out half-way through, and then come back the next day to watch the rest of it.
I've worked on high visibility shows that weren't always the best, and low visibility shows that I love but that didn't have the PR behind them.
Half-way through any big project, everyone forgets what they're doing.
People in a cluster are bound to each other automatically, and can see each other automatically.
A lot of television tends to assume that audiences don't have the attention span or the IQ to follow a lot of stuff.
You don't buy into huge car chases or sensates or interstellar warfare, but you can buy into a loving relationship or a father-son relationship, and you can buy into the small humor. If you want to make your fiction universal, go small. That's the best way to do it.
Science fiction shows are traditionally about the gimmick or the gadget and tend to be emotionally cool to the touch.
You can't always relate to the big action things, but you can relate to small moments.
On most TV shows, you work on a set and do some location.
You can only have one voice on set, and that has to be the director.
I have friends in different parts of the world, and they'll all go online at the same time and all pull up a movie and hit play, at the same moment, and then they'll comment to each other about it. They're sharing an experience, even though they're on different parts of the planet.
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