There has been much discussion about stories, writing, and what I call the discipline of franchsie writing. I'm entirely too tired to write about everything that has been happening in just the past 3 days. But much of it does concern writing movies, knowing what your franchise is like, and understanding how your audience sees what you put out.
I will say that there has been many examples presented to us by the Hollywood core or movie creators of how not to write a franchise and how to ignore your audience. It is a complex discussion, because maybe they aren't ignoring us, maybe we aren't the audience any longer. Maybe they're right in making what they want to make without regard for what the old fans are wanting. At the sametime, if I go and see a movie that is part of a franchise that has in the past given me nothing but the very best, am I wrong to expect the same quality from a new installment?
I don't want to get too deep into it in this post. This post is just a minor vent. What it boils down to is, if the usual fare isn't impressing you, then all I can rely on is my ability to create the kind of movies I want to see. So I dive into going through footage and editing my current project.
My computer doesn't recognize the DV camera. I've spent the better part of today trying to fix it, but it will not allow me to transfer footage into the computer. I've tried everything I know, and my conclusion is I have to get a new computer. Which delays post production for 1 month.
I am frustrated but not incredibly upset, mainly because of the old adage that obstacles begets creativity which begets brilliance. That concept has been on my mind for a while now, and I just know, that with every delay, misstep, obstacle, and problem, comes a brilliant and creative solution just waiting to be discovered, just waiting to make whatever art or story you are trying to create better and closer to the essence of your truest vision. That's something I think alot of Hollywood creators need more of. Less money, more obstacles. Maybe then we'd get back a little more of that brilliance into the movies.
What if the Shark worked perfectly the entire time they shot Jaws? How great would that movie really have been without that obstacle?