A lot goes into making a movie or a television show, and most of it isn’t glamourous. From story development to casting and post-production to marketing, an outsider might argue that most of the process feels very disconnected from the story from which it all began.
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But not so, says screenwriter, producer, and podcaster Meg LeFauve. And she would know; she’s worked as or with nearly every role you’ll encounter from the beginning to the end of film production. She maintains that the story is at the heart of it all.
Meg wrote Pixar’s “Inside Out” and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” but she didn’t start in screenwriting.
After all, storytelling is a huge field, and there are hundreds of creative writing jobs to choose from.
Meg graciously shares that experience and much more in her hit podcast, “The Screenwriting Life,” which she co-hosts with another star storyteller, Lorien McKenna. And when I say much more, I mean it. Meg went on to work for some of the biggest names in Hollywood before becoming a screenwriter.
During that time, Meg moved up in that company, all the way to the top to run it with Jodie.
At Egg Pictures, Meg learned to approach storytelling from a different perspective than just her own. Instead, she says she now focuses on the director or the actor’s point of view, focusing more on theme and what the story is really about.
Working as a producer helped her learn a broad skillset that’s served her well in her later career.
Throughout it all, though, Meg said that storytelling is the skill set that served her best. From pre to post-production, you have to remember that everyone is there to serve the story.
Meg’s work ushering a story from beginning to end made her the storyteller she is today, writing for huge studios such as Marvel and Pixar.
To me, Meg’s journey shows that there’s no easy path to truly understanding what makes a story tick. It takes years, many jobs, and a lot of hands-on experience in roles that you may feel have no connection to physically sitting down to write a screenplay.
Oh, but they do, writer. They do,