Alone With People Short Film

I came across this short film on Vimeo that was posted a week ago. It’s called Alone With People and the title is quite telling. It’s about a 15-year-old girl who comes to terms with her sexuality with the help of her therapist.

It’s so powerful, awkward, and quirky. It provides us with such a positive message. It’s a great depiction of a young girl accepting who she is. She reminded me so much of myself when I was younger, minus the pot smoking and sneaking around watching The L Word.

What makes this piece so palpable is how relatable it is. Literally, this girl is a lot of us lesbians out there. She is as awkward as we were when we came out. She is as honest as we were and definitely as curious. What’s even more amazing is the girl who stars in the film, Quinn Marcus, (from MTV’s Girlcode) wrote it and it’s based on her coming out experience. What a great, personal story she shared with the world.

I just have to say, did Quinn really watch The L Word with her Dad? (Cringe worthy) How awkward is that??? Seeing as how 50% of the show is sex, but again, it was amusingly portrayed.

Like I said before, Alone With People was written by Quinn Marcus and directed by Drew Van Steenbergen. Make sure to check it out. You won’t regret it.

Here is the film:

Enjoy!

SMC

Why Suspension of Disbelief in Movies Work

This post is really aimed at my girlfriend…you’ll see why. Yesterday I went to see Jurassic World with her. She’s the most unimpressed person when it comes to movies. She actually hates movies. Don’t know why. Don’t know where her childhood went wrong that made her hate movies. WHO HATES MOVIES???? Anyway, every 30 minutes I would ask her how she’s liking the movie, knowing her distaste for movies. She would answer, “It’s okay.” I would proceed to ask her after something epic would happen. She was still unimpressed. Well, I found out she doesn’t really care for action or unrealistic movies. Which, if you think about it, most movies are somewhat unrealistic.

After the movie we went out to eat. Most of the meal consisted of her going on about what she hated about the movie. (There were a lot of things). One thing she focused on was how unrealistic Jurassic World was. So I tried explaining to her that obviously in real life most of the movies out there would never happen, or could never happen, and that’s why they’re called movies. Although not all movies are works of fiction, some are based on true stories. Nevertheless, in order to make a movie work, you must have imagination. You have to exaggerate things or stretch the truth to make it more entertaining for your audience. You think biopics would be entertaining if movies stuck to the facts? Not everybody lives an interesting life, so of course you must create content for the purpose of a successful film. What makes a successful film you ask? Conflict.

You must throw obstacle after obstacle at your protagonist to overcome, whether it’s as extreme as fighting off dinosaurs or as mild as not fitting in. Whether it’s an external or internal conflict, your film needs conflict. Although too much conflict and too much going on causes chaos and the film fails. So you have to have a good balance of things. Okay, back to what I was actually talking about. Oh yeah, realism and movies.

Do we actually believe that Claire ran the entire movie in heels? No. Do we actually believe that Jurassic World theme park would ever happen? (Perhaps in the future, but for now, of course not.) Do we believe that people would genetically modify a dinosaur? Actually, I believe this one because humans are crazy, but you guys know what I’m saying. It’s the idea of suspension of disbelief.

In actuality we don’t believe any of Jurassic World to be true, but in the world they’ve created, we believe it. In the universe where these characters live, we completely buy it. Is The Hunger Games real? No, but the world that Suzanne Collins brings us into, feels real.

To further explain why fantastical movies work, I’m going to quote Syf Field and this will put the whole thing to rest.

“It was Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the 19th century poet and literary critic who coined the concept known as the willing suspension of disbelief. What he says is basically this: when we, the viewer, reader or audience, approach a work of art, we must leave our own personal beliefs, our own personal perception of reality, behind so we can approach the work on its own merits, on its own level. In other words, we must willingly suspend our disbelief no matter how distant the story line strays from what we believe to be true. All thoughts of what we believe to be true have to be suspended; our “reality” has to be left behind to “the work.”

Amen to that, Syd. Amen. So now you realize that no matter how unrealistic your concept is, there’s always room for an audience. (Unless it’s batshit crazy stupid). But in that case I’m sure the SYFY channel will pick it up.

SMC

“The Martian” Trailer

Now that we’re on the topic of movies in outer space, let me leave you with the upcoming Ridley Scott movie, The Martian. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig.

Just, just, j-j-just check out the trailer, okay?

Yaaaaaaas.

The Martian was directed by Ridley Scott and written by Drew Goddard.

We all cannot wait.

SMC

“Passengers” Sci Fi starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence

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Sony has announced they will release Jon Spaihts‘ sci fi movie, Passengers, which will star Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. They begin shooting in July.

The film takes place in space. This is becoming quite the leitmotif in Hollywood. Space movies have always been widely successful in the industry and as we keep advancing in time, outer space movies will continue to be made. Hopefully in the future, they will hold 100% legitimacy once we’ve explored additional galaxies, etc. (Yes I believe there is life on other planets).

The plot line of the film is: A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet malfunctions in one of its sleep chambers and a passenger (Pratt) awakens 90 years before his time (some interstellar related shit). Aaaaand he falls for J-Law’s character when he decides to wake up a second passenger.

The director will be Morten Tyldum, who also directed The Imitation Game.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m excited about J-Law and C-Pratt (yeah I just did that) starring in a film together.

Thoughts on space movies? Are they overdone in Hollywood? Have we lost our sense of originality for space movies?

SMC

American Ultra Red Band Trailer

I’ve been busy and lazy lately, so let me leave you with this…

The movie trailer for American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, and John Leguizamo.

It’s about a stoner who also happens to be a government agent and fights off some bad dudes in a badass way. Who doesn’t love that, right? It reminds me of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Yes, Michael Cera reminds me of Jesse Eisenberg. They’re both cute weirdos.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh who also directed Project X.

Written by Max Landis who wrote Chronicle and a few upcoming movies, Mr. RightVictor Frankenstein and Me Him Her. He seems to be in his prime right now.

Check out this great podcast with Max Landis where he talks about his upcoming projects and screenwriting in today’s industry.

Thanks, byeeeeee.

SMC