The next important date for ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? is tomorrow, April 19. It is the notification date for the New York Shorts Festival. I’m really hoping to get into that one. It’s run by the same group that handles LA Shorts, so I think it would be a boost to getting into that one too, which is an Academy qualifier. Plus, it’s New York, my hometown, the center of the universe. I will definitely be attending that one.
While waiting, I thought I would share a few thoughts I have about films. I was in a discussion on LinkedIn about a blog article that named the blogger’s choice for the top 5 screenwriters of all time. Woody Allen was number one. No argument from me. In the discussion, a gentleman acknowledged Woody’s genius but commented on how he deals with the same themes and asks the deep questions, but has no answers.
The way that I see it writer/directors always have common themes that run throughout their work. A personality emerges and a connection to that individual is there for the viewer. It’s common to all great filmmakers who write their own scripts and for film buffs like me, it’s a major attraction to the artist’s work.
As far as not having answers, I don’t think that’s possible or necessary. When we are dealing with the biggest questions of existence and humanity, no one has the definitive answers. There are many beliefs, but honestly, who really knows? I think it’s enough to pose the questions and explore them through story and character, allowing the viewers to draw their own conclusions.
This is how I try to operate. I’ve only made one film thus far, but if you were to read the other screenplays I’ve written and watch my movie, you would find common themes and concerns. And no real answers. I think that’s the beauty of art.