Jurassic Park rocked my world.
(Spoiler Alert! Although this movie is so old everyone should have seen it by now.) I was...well, younger....and my mom took me to the ninety-nine cent theater to see it. Near the end of the movie, the little girl was being pulled into the ceiling when the raptor jumped and almost snapped her leg off. The entire audience jumped and gasped.
I had an epiphany. For just under two hours, everyone in that room shared an emotional journey that played on our basest human reactions. After having been an outcast for....(mumbles) years, I found something that brought everyone together.
I decided that I was going to make movies. I spent the next few years writing scripts and making up stories for my friends and I to act out while we recorded them with our ancient video camera. I read, well, tried to read books on how to edit and add special effects. But those books tended to bore me, so I would inevitably put them down and pick up my newest Anne Rice or Dean Koontz and get lost in a much more entertaining world.
Eventually, I ended up realizing that writing was where my heart truly lied, but I never lost my respect and appreciation for the screen.
A few weeks ago, a friend told me that a local theater guild was looking for writers to submit an idea and brief synopsis for a short film. Each team would then choose their favorite idea to film. Just for kicks, I submitted three. (The theme was Outer Limits style stories, so this was SO my style!)
Last weekend, I went to view the films. All three of mine were chosen! I was so excited! My stories were the first and the last, with one in the middle. I closed and opened the show!
There in the theater, when the lights went dark and the title screen lit the faces of the crowd, I must have been beaming. My name. My name was on a movie theater screen. It was amazing! I settled back into my seat and listened as the crowd laughed and gasped and whispered as the stories played through.
That night, I was reminded of Jurassic Park. I smiled as I realized that now, I was a contributor to their journey.
Okay, this was a long blog, BUT I had to give the backstory so you could understand how big of a deal this was to me. The directors and actors took a LOT of artistic liberty...even adding a bit of a sex scene to my first story, but the films were awesome and I'm thankful to have participated. Below is a link to all of the stories. Mine are titled: The Black Cat Club, The Peddler, and You Win Some...You Lose Some. Hope you enjoy!
Thought for the day: Sometimes your greatest goals in life are accomplished while you're chasing something else.
Thanks for reading!