So, You’re a Writer. Who Cares?

We all know that there’s a ton of work that goes into the creation of a film. The idea comes to life from the mind of a writer. After that, actresses, actors, and a director are chosen. Then of course there’s makeup, wardrobe costuming, etc. As an aspiring filmmaker myself, my pursuits lie within writing and directing. But at heart, I’m a writer. My aspirations lead me to wonder: why are writers not as highly regarded by society as actresses/actors or even directors?

The obvious answer is that we don’t see the writers on-screen(most of the time). But don’t people wonder about the lives of the creative women and men that craft films? Directors have managed to assert themselves into a position of fame unreached by those who are solely writers. Perhaps this is because they are already held in such high regard by the people who the world respects:the actors.


This also leads me to wonder: do the writers care? Do they ever grow weary of the products of their imagination reaching higher heights of fame than the actual creators? There are of course exceptions to this rule such as Tina Fey, who has become a notable icon in the industry both as a writer and actress. But alas, this is rare. Also, the writers of television have for some reason been able to achieve somewhat of a higher level of fame than cinematic writers. This probably results from TV following an episodic format. Society has more opportunity to create an opinion based on their works. Joss Whedon, Matt Groening, and Robert Kirkman are all prime examples of non acting writers reaching notable fame. But at the end of the day, the profession of the writer will always at least be highly regarded on a creative level. And maybe things are changing, even if slowly: take a look at Max Landis, the incredibly eccentric( not to mention amazing) writer behind Chronicle. He just may be ushering in a new era of socially revered writers. For evidence of that, just look at the fit he threw at Comic Con. Nothing screams fame like a public tantrum (see below).

— Nicholas Graves


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