It’s crazy not to use this blog to promote the movie I am shooting for my senior film at MSU. They would also like it if I said that it was the MSU School of Film and Photography.
I am so happy to be working on this project for a lot of reasons. I will only talk about one in this post.
So, here it is, my big statement!
I AM SO HAPPY TO BE A PART OF A PRODUCTION WHERE THE HERO DOESN’T WIN!
That is a choice that only independent movies can make. There is always an exception to the rule, but Hollywood isn’t based on investing money into such a “high risk” financial venture. Which is fine by me. Americans want to see the Hero start in the gutter and end up driving a monster truck. Hollywood will give you that over and over again. I want to make movies that are beautiful and honest.
And let’s be honest, the Hero doesn’t always win in real life. Sure, things are sensationalized to make a good story, but the good telling of a not so happy story needs to be told.
I think the fact that Hollywood doesn’t make it their business to tell these types of stories is the perfect motivation to decide to work in the independent industry. Sure, people say, “It’s not easy, you don’t make that much money” Well, I don’t need a lot of things, I’m a pretty happy guy, and I don’t make a lot of money right now so… Matter of fact, making movies is one of the things I would place extremely high on my life list of priorities. I would put it right up there with avoiding compromising artistic integrity. (I will never actually write out my life’s list of priorities, creepy though)
Sure I am going to struggle, but that hasn’t stopped me before, and I don’t have any plans to let it stop me in the future. I’m not saying that I don’t have great aspirations for my career, but I do know that no suit (sorry if you wear a suit for work) who has a bottom dollar in mind, will ever tell me what the final cut of a movie is going to look like. I’ve read and heard enough stories about that happening to know well enough to avoid it like the Dickens. I’ll let the movie, and the people involved in it and my friends, help figure out what is best for a story.
Aristotle, a guy who was around before Jesus Christ, even talked about how a story teller needs to be a servant to the story no matter what they thought was a good idea. This is a basic concept of being understanding and sympathetic to the plights of human life. Buddhists would call the things that make an interesting story suffering, and desire.
And sure, sometimes the guy who has the biggest heart ends up on top of the world, but sometimes that guy gets hit by a car and ends up in a wheel chair. Those are stories that should be told.
I won’t ever make a horror movie. Not interested in that.
I was going to suggest that people watch the two versions of The Last Kiss, but I changed my mind. I suggest that everyone watch the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. If you don’t draw any personal connection and inspiration from this movie, then have a nice life, and I hope I don’t ever have to work with you.