Posts Tagged ‘on’

Water on the Rocks

March 28, 2012

Maine is known for it’s lobster, blueberries, and having the longest rocky coastline in the US.  I took this picture to represent that.

Day 72: On the Hill

March 5, 2012

On the Hill

 

I stand on the hill

Seeing all of creation,

And trying to help

Who wants to join me

To see what I see.

Day 49: Moving On

February 11, 2012

Moving On

 

I stand on the shore

Right between

My family’s past

And my past,

And realize

I need to walk away

And move on.

Don’t give up on your talent.

May 24, 2010

Whether you acknowledge it, or deny it, we all have talents.  Do you remember the first time you realized your ability?  I certainly do.

I was in second grade, and we had to write a short story based on a picture.  The picture in this case was a man cleaning up his yard, palm fronds were everywhere.  He had a disappointed look on his face as he surveyed the damage.  Obviously it was the aftermath of a hurricane.  Most of the other kids wrote stories that read like news stories, in a very basic way, of course.  My story was more like the War of the Worlds.  My teacher, Ms. Fitz, pulled me aside after class, and told me I should consider pursuing a career in writing.

That was the first time I had some idea of my ability in writing, and creative arts.  This kind of story is not unique to me.  Everyday kids and adults are informed of their unique abilities.  The problem is that throughout the years pressure from family to follow a certain path, and peer pressure from friends, keep our true talent under the surface.

I’m not talking to those who have the advantage of following their dreams without so much as a negative comment; I’m talking to those who have been told their talent is stupid, or worthless.  I was always told that my talents in the creative arts will never be able to pay the bills, and that there are always better people than me at writing, and photography.  I don’t deny that I’m not the best, I accept that.  So what makes a talent?  There are two ingredients.

The first is ability.  Some people say that it means you don’t have to work as hard as others, but that isn’t true.  I went to school with a kid who had a wonderful sense of humor, but he had no natural artistic ability; his older brother had that.  Every day, he would draw, and with a tremendous amount of hard work, he eventually became extremely good at drawing, even surpassing his brother.  He put his own sense of humor into his drawings, and made some of the funniest comics I ever had the pleasure of reading.

Just because you aren’t good at it the first time doesn’t mean you can’t get the ability, just work hard, and don’t give up.

The second is drive.  This part is even more important than a natural ability.  Without it, you will never succeed.  Think back to a time to when you first learned to ride a bike, or learned to cook.  Did you get it right the first time?  Probably not; no one ever does.  More than likely, you fell of the bike several times before you could stay up; or you baked a cake with two cups of baking soda, and two tablespoons of flour. (or was that just me)  In the end you kept at it, and learned from your mistakes until you got it right.

It’s a proven fact that you will only learn what you are motivated to learn, and that motivation, becomes the drive.  If you have a drive to do something, don’t ever let anyone stop you.  If you feel something is important, then that is what you should pursue.  It may take some hard work, but if it’s important to you, then it will be worth the effort.

Enjoy,

Allen

Hollywood terms 101- remake, based on, inspired by

July 11, 2009

In my last post I had mentioned the movie “You’ve got Mail” in regards to a formula for romance writing.  One of the questions that came of that is, “Wasn’t that just a remake of “The Shop Around the Corner?”  After watching the movie all the way through today I would definitely answer “no”.  This did leave me with one question.  What is the difference between “remake”, “based on”, and “inspired by”?

According to my Hollywood dictionary, each term is defined by the amount of material was used from the original.

A remake uses nothing but the original for source material.  It may change a few things like character names, and maybe even the setting, but the plot remains unchanged.  A perfect example would be “The Parent Trap”.  If you haven’t seen either version, I would recommend watching them.  Since they are the same story, try the Haley Mills version, I thought it was better.

While the term “based on” usually refers to a movie taken from a book, or short story, it can also refer to another movie.  In this case, you may have the same characters, and the same basic plot, but there are some very obvious changes.  You take some things away, and add other things.  This is part of the reason when I read a book, and see the movie, I treat them as two separate stories.  Just a word of caution though, if you decide to do both, the movie always falls tremendously short of the book.  I would recommend the book, and movie “Dune” for this, I actually found both to be entertaining.

“Inspired by” is a term that means one story was inspired by another story, but very little original material from the original was used.  This is where “You’ve got mail” fits in.  The basic premise is the same.  Two people, who only know each other by letters, fall in love.  What they don’t realize is that they already know each other.  This is where the similarities end.  In “You’ve got Mail” Nora Ephron added in some small tributes to the other movie; a couple of scenes and the name of the store, “The shop around the corner” was a reference to the title of the original.  Other than that, they were two different stories entirely.

While this may not be a creative solution to anything, it helps to know the basis of some of these terms when comparing movies, or books.  I hope you find something useful in this.

Enjoy,
Allen