Begin with an individual and you find that you have created a type; begin with a type and you find that you have created — nothing.
I love that we’re in the golden age of comic book movies and four-quadrant tent poles, but damn it do I miss the days when studios made action movies and thrillers for adults. Not every movie has to be appropriate for little Timmy and Grandma Marjorie, or didn’t you know? That virulent misconception is one of the key factors that is poisoning the genre today. The other reasons are an emphasis on bigger and bigger scale and spectacle at the expense of any real world grounding and credibility and an almost total lack of engrossing character work and thematic potency. We don’t need to be going bigger any more. After dinosaurs, superheroes and giant destructive robots, there’s nowhere left to go in terms of scale. We need to go smaller. We need to be character-driven. We need to have believable worlds and stakes and relatable themes. And for god’s sake, we need to go back to fleshy, earthy aesthetics instead of sterile blue/green/yellow puke color filters.
Cameron Cubbison from this flipping fantastic article Actions Speak Louder: The Highs and Lows of the Genre
Do yourself a favor, go read it.
Does anyone have TED Talks to recommend? I’m also filling out my RSS feeder — what are some of your favourite screenwriting or filmmaking websites?
It is not childish to live with uncertainty, to devote oneself to a craft rather than a career, to an idea rather than an institution. It’s courageous and requires courage of the order that the institutionally co-opted are ill equipped to perceive.