"Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" Yes, I swear I wanted to stand up and cheer tonight like they did in "Rocky" the movie.
Why? Because our guest at The Writer's Room was that inspiring.
I sat and was delighted tonight by a man who I should know but hadn't met. We had traveled in a lot of the same film/production circles in the last 20 years and to say that I regretted not meeting him ten years ago is an understatement.
Rockwell Sheraton is that rare combination of supremely accomplished producer and nice guy. He was funny, succinct, vast, comprehensive, personable and just...nice. He made us laugh at his stories of the movie business but he was also just as happy to listen to others talk about their travails and laugh along with them.
OCSWA board member Joe Becker mentioned Rocky a few months back and I thought he sounded great for this smaller venue event. What I didn't realize is the Rocky knows or has worked with just about everyone in Hollywood. He told us trade secrets, regaled us with stories of his career (both music and film,) and provided hugely important information on how to make it in this business.
Even I, who has had 20+ years of experience as a writer, was amazed at the things he told us\ that I didn't know.
No, I'm not going to say what any of that that was - next time come to the event and find out. But here's a tip - we've asked him to come to our Halloween event to sit on the horror panel so don't miss him if you did the first time around.
Thanks to my board of directors who helped and those who couldn't come tonight for helping with the arrangements.
And most of all, thanks to Rocky for being a great filmmaker and an even finer human being.
Rockey's prodco: Cinedicate
Check him out!