3 thoughts on “Client de-briefing”

  1. Kind of based on this story about David O. Selznick, legendary Hollywood producer:
    “Let me give you another example from one of my favourite linesmen, David O Selznick. He loved to have writers around because they raised the level of conversation. Selznick always had several scripts on the boil, and several writers on each of them (whether they knew it or not). One day, hurrying across the backlot, he bumped into one of those writers – English possibly, or East Coast, in tweed, with a pipe – who had delivered a new version of a scene the previous day.

    “How’d you like the new scene, David?” he asked.

    “Aha,” said Selznick, slowing a little as he tried to recollect what the guy was talking about. “Oh, right. Yeah! Tell you what.”

    “Yes, David.”

    “I think it needs a re-write first.”

    “You do?”

    “I do.”

    “What direction would you suggest I take?”

    “Oh, I don’t know. I haven’t read it yet.”

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