As I’ve stated before, I’m a big fan of films. Movies and television shows are a pastime I truly enjoy. Whether visual spectacles or great characters, I continually gravitate towards that medium to experience storytelling. I actually think I get a bit jaded because of this. There are movies that are not necessarily good or praised by critics but I love because there’s a story element that grips me. If you look at my Blu-Ray wall, you would definitely wonder why movies are there to which I enthusiastically explain why I love it.One of my desires as a writer is to write screenplays. Now, it might be just for fun at this stage in my life but I do think I have stories that could be told and translated to the screen. I often think about this and the embers are usually stoked once I’ve watched movies I have a special affinity for (anything by Cameron Crowe is often the instigator).
If I wrote a screenplay (something I may start working on just because I need one more thing added to my writing buffet), it would explore people in such a way that I identify with. People love, hurt, and have dreams that satisfy their joys and desires. In this, I would want to explore flawed characters who need to learn or have a revelation about themselves or others to find healing, peace, success, etc.
We can blame my recent viewing of Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” on today’s blog post. I know it’s not his most acclaimed film but there is something about it that draws me in and makes me want to tell a story both visually and with the accompany of music. I often joke that Crowe is my patronus (a little word play Harry Potter humor thrown at you). He tells the stories I think need to be told.
I actually do have an idea for a movie that I’ve been rolling around in my mind for a little over a year but it needs a lot of work. I have the resources to write a script but I don’t have a process for developing the story yet. I’ve thought about doing it in novel/novella form first so that I know how it will go from beginning to end but I’m not quite sure if that’s the right method for me at the moment. Maybe… I don’t know.
If anything, the idea for this story that could potentially be developed into a screenplay just reinforces my desire to tell stories and explore new characters, settings, themes, etc. There’s no way I could go day to day and remain sane without writing. Even blogging has helped me keep up my imagination because I’m always thinking, “What should I write about next?” I think exploring this movie idea may be something worth investing my time in. More stories!
Call to Action: I’ll throw a couple of movie recommendations at you that are not Cameron Crowe films. To name a few that I absolutely love and recommend you watching are: Little Miss Sunshine, The Hollars, This is Where I Leave You, and The Way Way Back. Each of these inspire me to explore what I want to write as a potential screenwriter.