January 29, 2013 § 3 Comments
Lately I’ve been stuck at a standstill trying to piece together the screenplay I’m currently writing. It’s very frustrating and has me obsessing about story structure.
Where you decide to start a story and where you choose to end it, all depends on what type of story you want to tell. To better explain what I mean (and to fit in some much needed procrastination). I found this quote from Charlie Wilson’s War:
Gust Avrakotos: There’s a little boy and on his 14th birthday he gets a horse… and everybody in the village says, “How wonderful, the boy got a horse.” And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.” Two years later the boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg, and everybody in the village says, “How terrible.” And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.” Then a war breaks out and all the young men have to go off and fight… except the boy can’t cause his legs messed up and everyone in the village says, “How wonderful.”
Charlie Wilson: And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.”
I also found this very interesting collection of Fallen Princesses by Dina Goldstein. Which just proves fairy tales do exist as long as you correctly choose where to end the story.
Realistically Ever After:
December 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
If you are looking for some deep introspective breakdown of a movie, you will be very disappointed. But I do love movies and I do have a blog, so I’ll continue.
I recently attended a screening for Travis Fine’s, Any Day Now. After the movie, Fine filled the audience in on the fact that this script was originally drafted almost 30 years ago.
The movie is based on a true story that centers around a gay couple, Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garrett Dillahunt), who take in Marco (Issac Leyva), a 14 year old with Down syndrome. The film takes place in the 1970′s and highlights the legal system’s bias towards gay couples. Sadly, this 30 year old script addresses gay adoption biases that still hold relevance today.
As you may know I don’t like feelings. But I’ll let you in…I may have had a strong notion to shed a tear during this character driven drama. It is a bit of what people who cry might call a ‘tear jerker.’ And overall, I’d say its worth a trip to the theater.
Opens 12/14 in Select Theatres: