After some last minute casting scrambles, "The Chimera Principle" finally went into production this week. It's been a totally surreal experience, seeing actors portraying characters I developed months ago, seeing actual locations for places I made up, hearing people say the words I wrote... well, most of them anyway.
Knowing that I'd be bored on set with no actual role in the production itself and admittedly, frustrated with some of the last minute "polishes" made without me, I decided to keep myself busy by shooting behind the scenes.
In a strange way, I became the writer in disguise. Everyone saw me with a camera in my hand and assumed I was just the EPK shooter. The call sheet told them no different. But slowly the word spread and I'd get the occasional whisper, "I heard you're the writer?" For many years I've been fighting the strange circumstance of being the writer who no one knew was a writer, the unfortunate side effect of several development hells and a more successful editing career. "I am the writer," I'd tell them with a slight smile, betraying the beginning of the end of a long held secret. I've always been the writer.