October 10, 2005

Fucking Screenplay

I still can't complete the screenplay. This is the truth.

So now, I'm trying my best to write a story that is at once realistic yet right. Realistic in the sense that I want to avoid contrived situations, that is, avoid setting up situations and traps for the character to fall into. I want the randomness of life to be felt in the story, the way life sometimes throw us unexpected things, or don't throw us anything at all when we want it to throw something at us. Right in the sense that the story is nevertheless always engaging, that the audience is willing to sit through (if only for just one time), that the audience feels everything I want them to feel, that the ending achieves the highest level of perfection – an ending that is at once unpredictable yet inevitable.

How do you reconcile the two? I only just realised I'm trying to write white and black into the same position. Not white and black into the same story – into the same position. White and black existing at the same time. People will point at it and one will say it's white and the other will say it's black and both will be right. Capish?

And how about that romantic subplot? That is so crucial to the story – I can't write it. I just can't. It's an impenetrable wall. Should I dump it? And replace it with what? What else can make a guy go crazy more than losing love, or at least the potential of it?

And what of the process of sliding into depression? Oh I've been through lots of those. How to write it such that the audience doesn't go bored? That they don't say – why the fuck is he so fucking depressed? Lighten up, man! I would HATE it a lot if the audience thinks that during the movie. Yet it would be my fault if I don't make it clear, why and how he gets depressed.

And the beginning half that I've written. Yes, I'm reasonably satisfied with it. But it's not there yet. I mean, it's an okay screenplay - but I'm fucked if I'm aiming for an okay screenplay. You're asking for too much, people say. Screw you, says I - it's my movie. Alexander the Great never stopped at Persia. You're not Alexander the Great, people say.

Then I'm definitely screwed, says I.

I once told a filmmaker friend of mine – the audience is the director's worst enemy. Yet the audience is who we make movies for, who will make us happy with their cheers and praises. (And just as suicidal with their thumbs-downs and brickbats.)

I wish I knew how to complete the screenplay. Now.

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  1. Take a leaf out of Broken Flowers' book and just cut the film, leaving the audience less in the know than before the film started.

    10 Oct 2005, 09:55

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