Saturday, August 21, 2010
Movie Magic Mind Meld
As some of you may remember, I was writing about an extremely messed up time in my life for several months on here. It's something that I felt that I would eventually turn into a screenplay at some point and I WILL but for now I've shifted gears.
I completed one outline for a new story and began hammering out the screenplay and something just told me "Nope, that's not it either". Still not the story I want to tell, not the one I can. SO...here I am. Starting a brand new outline on yet another story that I really think is the best idea I've had yet. I've been watching tons of movies, reading their screenplays and desperately trying to grasp the architectural aspects of pacing, and building the tale into something enjoyable. At first I thought I'd shy away from having a narrative thinking that it's lazy and that things should be left more to the viewer's interpretation. But after realizing several of my fav films do just that...I think that's the way I'm going. "Goodfellas", "Stand By Me"..."Shawshank Redemption" ....these films really drive to the heart of me and I think it's partly BECAUSE of the narrative. It really does seem to take you on the journey with the character.
Anywho, just wondering if anyone else cares to share what movies really get to you? It may be some I haven't thought of and will also help me in my quest to write the greatest screenplay in the history of fucking time. Uh...o.k....well...at least better than a Lifetime movie.