Making a Movie (Part I): Pre-Production

Here begins the first part of the three part saga “Making a Movie”.

At some point in time, somewhere in mid-Summer, I believe, me and a couple of friends were stricken with an idea… How about we make a movie? Well, this seemed like something very productive and fun, so we decided to start up on it. The first thing we did was come up with a storyline and write a script… After that we developed a cast list for all our friends… But it wasn’t as easy as just “one, two, three”…

It really all started with having two of our good friends over to help start with the script. We got at least one or two scenes into it all before them both having to go. Then we would have another one or two of our friends come over to continue working on the script and that process was repeated several times until we had a good foundation. Then, it was just a matter of getting everything down on paper.

The cast list was fairly easy. We didn’t have auditions but rather casted all of our friends in roles that either they might have liked or roles we thought they’d fit well in. No one really was that picky as to what part they got because it was an honor just to be making a movie.

That ends “Making a Movie (Part I)”. In the next part I’ll be writing a bit about the actual filming of the movie, which was the second hardest part of the entire creation of the film. Hope you enjoyed this first part!

A Recent Discovery

I was writing recently on my current story and suddenly chanced upon something I hadn’t expected… A trait in a character I didn’t know was there, and frankly, was not sure I wanted to see in that particular person. It came out so unexpectedly that I immediately wasn’t sure if I wanted it there or not. But I thought on it and I came up with this… Let that character grow. Sometimes they have to be shifted to fit your liking, but I think your story will breathe a little more if you give them a little elbow space. This is the first time, however, that I think I’ve ever had a character swerve in a different direction than I had intended. The result? I was surprised by a character I thought I knew.

Disney Channel

I don’t think anyone I know hasn’t heard of Disney Channel or the shows it produces. Disney is one of the most well known entertainment industries in America, particularly in their movies and TV shows. The quality of these shows, however, is debatable, and frankly I’m not sure those arguing for the side of “Disney Channel shows are high quality entertainment” would have a good chance of winning.

The quality of Disney Channel shows and movies has, in my opinion, gone drastically down. The themes in nearly all of their movies and TV shows inevitably boil down to this: Get a girlfriend/boyfriend who’s cute and then run with that idea until nearly every episode is about dating. That’s what I’ve certainly seen in Hannah Montana… Since the day her new series started and Lily and Oliver started dating, the show became a wreck because it really should have been over and they were just dragging it out as long as possible, but why end a series that’s still raking in the dough even if its quality is lost in the greedy desire for money?

But the early episodes, however, were excellent. They taught valuable life lessons while still maintaining some humor which actually was surprisingly very funny. And another reason Hannah Montana’s quality and moral was better in the olden days was because, rather than portraying the dad as “stupid and incapable”, as they now do in the later shows, the father was very intelligent and actually taught the kids a lesson.

I recently, however, watched a movie that actually had a fairly decent moral. It was called Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. I watched it expecting it to be like most other movies on Disney Channel: Fairly mediocre and really just a source of entertainment… I wasn’t expecting to actually learn anything from it. But I was pleasantly surprised. The movie actually touched on a topic that is rarely seen on Disney Channel anymore… Family.

And, instead of walking away from the movie thinking “Ah, another mediocre movie from Disney”, I thought of it as a refreshing break from the average movies which Disney Channel spews out these days just to get some quick money. The movie actually, dare I say it about a Disney Channel movie, had some heartwarming and beautiful moments.

Here I now conclude this post. Expect that I will touch on this subject often, though, because it is a subject that can be observed very deeply and much can be gained from it.

The First Official Post

This is now the official first post for the sake of getting a first post out there. In the near future there should be posts other than this one, but only time shall tell if this is so…