Ed Saxson – Story 2011

September 16, 2011

Ed Saxon is an American fim producer.

After working in Hollywood, I can say the people at the top still feel “less than.”
Storytelling may be competitive, but it’s essential.
When we sit around the campfire, we are making sense of our lives.
Life is about stories.

There are 3 types of story.

  1. Man vs Man
  2. Man vs Nature
  3. Man vs Himself

Two roads to Hollywood filmmaking.

  1. Apprenticeship – Study The Ecology of the Business (Film Distributors, Management Companies, Law Firms, Agencies, Producers & Directos, Writers, Story Sources, Union & Guilds and Publicists.
  2. Do It Yourself (YouTube, Vimeo, Kickstarter)

Since the 1930s, filmmaking had been controlled by The Big Six.
Walt Disney, Columbia Tristar, Warner Brothers, Paramont, Universal and 20th Century Fox
Make sure you keep YouTube videos under 2 1/2 minutes. Those videos are viewed the most.

The cream does rise to the top.
Amazon has a script submitting community for crowd sourcing scripts.
Talent follows material.

Storytellers make us more fully human.
They make us care about the people that we might not care about.
Don’t think your own piece of mind is getting to that next accomplishment.
The job is to let go enough to enjoy today.

Fear can wire you and drive you to create.

Q&A with Ed Saxon

What energizes you?
The creative process. “Hey, did you hear this?”
Music
Security (Wife and family)
Larger spiritual connection.

What make you angry?
Apathy
A sense of feeling better than others.