In the film business there is a laundry list of undervalued positions in many tiers. But of the creative talent lot there is a position that sits on a tier all it’s own: the screenwriter. In the golden age of film, screenwriting was the profession failing play writes or novelists resorted to to make a quick buck. It was looked down upon.
The industry insider term for the job, at that time, was “Writing Titles” because no one believed that the screenwriter did much more than that. There’s a general disconnect between the contribution screenwriters provide to the process and the respect they’re shown, even when working for a director of note and a huge, well respected, production company. Max La Bella knows the harsh realities all too well and is with us to share some of the gory details.