Mind Movie - An Aid For Visualization
Going out to see a movie is a very social event; one of the reasons you might choose to go out and see a movie, rather than renting a DVD, is because of the chance to meet and interact with new people. Outdoor movies are made for socializing. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, without the need to be quiet like in a movie theater. You can bring a picnic, eat, and play cards with friends before the movie begins. In addition, a typical movie theater holds about 200 people, while some outdoor events host up to 10,000 people.
Once your idea is finalized, you may want to begin writing a screenplay. Unless it is turned into a screenplay, a great film idea will forever remain just that, an idea. Many novelists and playwrights have always wanted to try their hands at screenplay writing. Although experience with other forms of writing is useful in screenplay writing, screenplay writing has many differences from other forms of writing, particularly novel writing.
Let's just take a step back here, new boy moves to new town (Karate Kid), new boy gets caught up with local karate bullies (Karate Kid), new boy gets beat up a lot (Karate Kid), new boy looks for an mentor (hmmmm, this is when it makes the interesting turn). Instead of Mr Myagi we get the Ghost of Bruce Lee which is an interesting turn but does not make any sense at all, and seems to completely change the pace and tone of the movie, but what the hell, its Bruce Lee. The only downside is that it looks nothing like Bruce Lee, the only factor that we have to associate this person with Bruce is that they are both Chinese. But this is just one of the many 80's cliches that we are given.
I heard an interview the other day with one of the Movie's producers. Apparently, they tried to buy advertising for the Movie on all the major networks, just like all big Hollywood producers do. But every network rejected the ads "for (unspecified) editorial reasons," except for one (luckily for the producers, that one network is Fox, which regularly trounces the others in ratings). The producer diplomatically said he'd have preferred a more detailed explanation for the rejection. I will go further, and say I would wish network executives could find a less chicken-crap way to come out and proclaim their statist leanings.
Yes, I realize Black Swan is a thriller, and I absolutely agree that it's the better movie. However, like the comedy movie, I feel the Best Thriller movie should be judged pretty much solely on the "thrill" aspect. And while Black Swan did engulf me and keep in thrilled, The Town pulled that aspect off a bit better. Maybe because the action of it catered to that, I don't know. However, The Town just had me really on the edge of my seat from start to finish pretty much. The action was good, the movie was so intense and the whole of it just never let up once it took off running, that I couldn't help but be enthralled as I went on that thrill ride.
We arrived at the theater and took our seats on the end of the aisle. Or should I say, I took the aisle seat at my aunt's insistence. I should have suspected something was not right, but being the trusting soul that I am, I did not give it a second thought...at least that is until "The Tingler" appeared for the first time.
Like I said, best film was down to Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky's work here was damn near perfect. This was a brilliantly directed movie. From the camera shots to the music to the story-telling to what he got out of his cast, Aronofsky did a great job in conveying this thriller story very aptly on all levels. As one of my favorite modern directors, it's no surprise that Aronofsky continues to impress year after year.