A blog about writing and all things story…
|I’m not clear on the subtext in this painting????|
Studying the craft of storytelling sometimes
comes in the guise of couch potato-like behavior, couch surfing, loafingor otherwise slumming a day away with a bowl of pepper-popcorn.
I often watch movies – good movies, bad movies, movies that make me cry, cling to the edge of my couch, stay up late or leave me wanting more – to learn what makes a good story.
When I watch a good movie, which for me is something like A River Runs Through It, Gran Torino, Copland, and Amazing Grace, I’m stimulated to write better, tell a better story, more compelling, more visual than if I just relied on what’s in my head.
I like a lot of the movies coming out of the Middle East like Sabah; A Love Story and Arranged and so many others I can’t recall.
There’s a great resource of Indie and or Foreign films that broaden our story-scapes and visual horizons. Watch them. For example a seductive little treat, the French film, The Lover or one of my all time favorites, The Children of Huang Shi or Like Water for Chocolate. Or Raise the Red Lantern, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Life is Beautiful. There are so many, enough for everyone’s eclectic tastes.Lately I’m in search of sub-text, that elusive creature that makes or breaks a good scene.
Or the subtext scene king in A few good men. You can watch that scene here. Talk about good writing. This scene oozes subtext.
It’s Sunday, I’m on the couch with movies and popcorn. This is hard work. Really.
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