|Film addition exercise for week of 10/23
||[Oct. 21st, 2005|07:10 pm]
Hi everyone and welcome to the forum for the Artist's Way and the bonus creative writing portion.
I asked you all to make a list of differences, signifant and unique styles that pertain to the film Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrmann. I want to implement that into the task today.
First, I want to let you know that from my recent education in the creative arts I have learned that an absolutely original idea is very rare. Most if not all stories and ideas can be traced back to the dawn of time, when language was first conceived. We have our stories now because centuries ago that was how they taught the children. That is how fairytales gained such popularity. I am thinking back to Pre-Aristotle and Plato times, but these two also told stories to teach people. What we have now in books and on the screen are unique and original ways of telling those stories. That being said, there is no story that has been told with your original take, in your original voice and viewpoint. In essence, no one has ever told a story your way, only you can do that. You add the unique flair, experiences,and perceptions to make the story fresh.
Today I want to focus on the important element in a story that moves the story along that is, the scene. I want you to take the differences you noted put your favorite differences together and create a scene and describe it. For instance, my favorites were the gun-slinging Western style theme, the multi-cultural background, and the music. My scene would most likely look like a 1900's Western bar with a modern flair. The key is to show and not tell. If when you first write out the exercise, you use adjectives, go back to those adjectives and replace them all with verbs and/or nouns. For instance: She was beautifully dressed, could be changed to: She sauntered down the front stairs towars him. The sequins on the bodice of her floor length teal gown sparkled in swirling green and silver. The rhinestone earrings and matching bracelet blinded as it refracted the light into his eyes.
Most of all, have fun with this exercise and don't feel as though it has to be perfect. One thing you will quickly learn in this is that you have to allow your self to create something bad in order for you to create at all. In othe words, bad is good because it means you are showing up on the page, you are doing something. Another way to look at it; nothing is ever truly bad.
I'll check in with everyone Sunday. If you wish to post and share your writing exercise work before then, feel free. If I have time, I just may do that.