Inspiration, for me, usually comes when I’m not looking for it. When I’m driving, taking a shower, or going to bed. I’ve heard the reason for this is because this is when your brain decides to organize things. A couple of ideas run into each other, and BAM! Your story just got a whole lot better. If you’ve been thinking intensely about something, with nothing to show for it, it might be a good idea to take a break. It’s possible that is when you’ll get your best ideas. It’s when I get mine.
Hopefully, proper planning can prevent this from happening. I could provide some of the biggest plot holes here, but that might ruin the experience of the movie for you. That’s the last thing I want. I’ll tell you, “Looper“ had one hell of a plot hole that left me cringing. Time travel is my favorite thing, and it was an amazing movie otherwise, but I couldn’t watch it seriously after I came to the realization.
Here’s an article on 10 ways to deal with those dreadful things:
Mary Oliver has a great point here. You might think if you have a good thought, that you’ll hold onto it. Whether it’s in the middle of the night, or the middle of the day it’s probably a good idea to write that thought down. It may slip your mind, and could be a thought that really develops over time, you never know.
If you’re a fan of monster movies, Max Borenstein is the guy who is about to make all your dreams come true. It’s been a good while since Godzilla and King Kong had their heyday, but they’re making a comeback in a big way. Max most recently wrote “Godzilla,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and he’s set to write another Godzilla and then ….. “Godzilla Vs. Kong.” After just having seen “Kong” in theaters, I have to say I’m excited to see what they’re going to do with this.
I dug up a great interview with Max, and thought I’d share it with you all. Here are a few questions from the interview.
“Your reputation as a screenwriter was built on character-driven features that were relatively small in size. How did that lead you to Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island?”
“You’re obviously very involved with what’s been dubbed Legendary’s MonsterVerse. Did you have any special affinity for movies like King Kong or Godzilla while growing up?”
“Kong is one of the most recognizable icons of cinema. Is there anything you specifically wanted to do in Kong: Skull Island that hasn’t been done with Kong before?”
Some days just don’t go as you planned. Everything becomes an excuse. That’s okay. The best writers would be lying if they said that everything went smoothly for them every day. In fact, most of their best writing days might start like this. The point is to get the pen to the paper. Once you get that far the hardest part is over. Once you do that, let the pen do it’s magic, and do what you set out to. You’ll probably feel pretty good after.
This is when the truth comes out. It may not be pretty or perfect, but it always feels right. You can schedule to write from 9 – 5, Monday through Friday. You can create the most perfect outline, and fill it in piece by piece. These things work, but when true inspiration takes over, and you’re swept away, that’s when the special things come out. I heard J.K. Rowling conceived most of Harry Potter in a single night. Listen to your gut and put your fingers on that keyboard. There’s no time like right now.
Most movies that release are PG-13 or under. It makes sense, after all the movie business is a BUSINESS, and the wider the reach of the audience the more money they make. That being said, I think there’s a thirst for something raw and real, something that doesn’t hold back, and that’s where recent releases of “Deadpool” and “Logan” come in. These movies hit the world in an unexpected way, and people have been responding with overwhelming satisfaction. It seems it’s not the rating that people care about, but the story. These stories just feel right, and when creators are given a chance to do what they want, the best comes out of them. “Logan,” was written (story) and directed by James Mangold. He’s also known for writing “Walk the Line,” and “Girl, Interrupted.”
I’d love to see more movies taking chances like this. It would certainly bring me out to the theaters more often. Hopefully the success of the film will allow the risk takers to come out.
***BELOW THIS POINT ARE MAJOR SPOILERS***
A few questions from the interview:
“And what’s interesting about that is that X-Men stories often only deal with bigotry through the metaphor of mutants, who are usually straight, white men. But here, the co-star is a mutant who’s a Latina girl. Why was it important for her to be Mexican? Did you think about it politically, or just as a cool thing to do?”
“He dies in front of her and says two brilliantly on-brand final sentences before dying. How does one go about writing the last words of Wolverine?”
“Listening to all this, it’s pretty apparent that Fox isn’t running its superhero properties the way Disney or Warner Bros. do with theirs. You weren’t being told to keep things close to a franchise-wide tone or a shared continuity. What do you think about the state of the modern superhero film?”
Here’s a link to the full interview: