People make movies in Los Angeles. People pen graphic novels in New York. Right?
The digital/information age has done more than make books, movies and cat videos available at our finger tips. It has leveled the playing field for every creative mind with an idea. You don’t have to be a part of a big film studio or associated with a large publishing house. In fact, it is often to your advantage to be independent.
“Our formula is simple: frighten and enlighten. Like Rod Serling taught us with The Twilight Zone, the best stories of the fantastic are those that say something,” Boyd said. You don’t have to look too deep into the stories to find the message inside of them.
Danny is an inspiration to me and a lot of others with this project. I love that he mixes established writers in his projects with up and coming writers in the form of his students. He has always done that. When he made Chillers, the movie, much of his talent and crew came from the halls of West Virginia State. Over the years, I have heard so many people tell me they “plan to write a book when they get the time.” Every writer I know rolls his/her eyes when they hear that. You have to make the time or it will never get done. With this project, Danny teaches his students that final lesson. If you want to do something, do it. Make it happen. No one is going to give you permission. You just have to make it happen. Work out the details later.