*The most indisp1ensable role on any film or TV production is its writer.
Words are a powerful thing and without them absolutely nothing can be done, so the writer’s role on set is not only important, but key to the very lifeblood of a TV show or film.
Meet Elizabeth Hunter, one of the most sought after writers in Hollywood. With film credits that includes: “Jump the Broom” and “The Fighting Temptations,” plus TV credits for shows like, ER, Charmed and The L Word, Elizabeth is a wordsmith of tremendous talent. Ebony.com recently spoke with her to find out how she weaves magic with words.
Robertson Treatment: How do you contribute to the overall process of making a film?
Elizabeth Hunter: Film making is a very collaborative process, but it usually starts with the screen writer. In most cases, the writer comes up with the idea, puts the words to paper and, with any luck, is nearby with computer ready, in case the director, cast, or producers have any questions or ideas on how to make the film even better. Usually they do. In that case, a good screen writer will listen and execute those ideas in a unique and insightful way.
RT: Why did you pick screen writing as a career?
EH: From an early age, I needed to tell stories. I was drawn to the size and scope of film. I loved sitting in dark theater, eating buttered popcorn, watching human drama unfold. The first film that made me understand the social power and importance of film was “Do the Right Thing.” I was eager and young and wanted to heal the world with my stories so I jumped on the bandwagon and never looked back. I no longer eat buttered popcorn, but still love the feeling of entering a large dark screening room and watching the screen light up before me.
RT: What distinctive quality to you bring to your craft?
EH: A very open mind.
RT: Are there any obstacles that you’ve had to overcome to achieve success in your career?
EH: I could fill this entire magazine with stories of obstacles other writers and I have to overcome on a daily basis. I would say one of the biggest challenges is to continue to believe in myself, the power of my stories, and my ability to tell them when people question it on a daily basis. Everyone’s an angry critic these days.
RT: Please share some advice for others who look to follow in your path.
EH: The best advice I can give is to cultivate and trust your voice, then write and read. If you like a movie or an episode of a television show, don’t just re-watch it, read the script.
RT: What’s next for you?
EH: I am writing some original shows. Stay tuned and pray for me.
AUTOMOTIVE SPIN – 2013
2013 Buick Encore
Word has it that Buick’s 1st subcompact crossover is getting lots of attention for its ability to be a lot of things to many different drivers. Conceived by the auto giant as a response vehicle to the economic realities [and demands] of today’s driver, the Encore offers a very versatile driving experience that puts this ride in a class by itself.
Wow Factor: Lots! The Encore is equipped with great luxury offerings that emphasize comfort and on the road control. Generously loaded with features and materials that are above GM’s norm, the ride’s compact design affords drivers with a flexibility to maneuver big city traffic. Its bold personality will also earn it respect from other drivers on the road.
Ride: A city car, the Encore’s 1.4l, 4-cylinder engine is more than adequate for the driving needs of most urban drivers. But this ride does boast an EPA-estimated driving range of 345 miles for occasional trips outside of town. The 2013 Encore is also equipped with a strong suspension system and Buick’s Quiet Tuning measures that add to a smooth and peaceful driving experience.
Comfort: With good room space in the front, driver’s cabin, the Encore also offers great rear cargo space to transfer midsize loads. The control and navigation features are well-tuned and responsive, which will add to on the road confidence.
Spin Control: Competitively priced at 30k fully loaded, the 2013 Buick Encore will offer buyers a good return on their investment. Think of it as a smart car for urban dwellers who want their rides that offer the right mix of sex appeal and performance.
Gil Robertson IV is a bestselling author and a veteran lifestyle journalist. He is president and founder of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the leading body of black film critics in the United States.