I’m all for listening to good advice, the value of critique groups, and feedback in general. But in the end, you must follow your own creative instincts.
Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather, The Godfather II, and The Godfather III, as well as many other movies, had creative differences with movie studio Paramount Pictures during the making of The Godfather. For one thing, he disagreed with Paramount about casting the movie. Coppola wanted to cast Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, while Paramount wanted Ernest Borgnine or Danny Thomas.
At one point, Coppola was told by Paramount: “Marlon Brando will never appear in this motion picture.” After pushing back, Coppola was allowed to cast Brando, but only if he met certain conditions. Read more