Going to the cinema is a magical thing. It is 90+ minutes to escape from your world and go into another.
Movies have the power to say something about us as human beings and inspire us to live better lives.
In a movie you can have super powers, solve a crime and so much more. You go on a journey with the main character as they trials, learn their lesson… or not. Then the movie ends and the lights come back on.
What happens next?
Growing up I had a hard time separating real life from what I saw in a movie. Because of this I feel like I’ve been and experienced all these far off magical lands and peoples.
A psychologist would call this “what-I-see-on-a-screen-is-reality”. (Or not. I don’t really, know I’m not a psychologist)
“Get some life experience” That is first advice Roger Deakins said when asked for tips on how to be a cinematographer. His point was for us take the initiative and look around us for inspiration rather than just in other movies.
So lets take the Initiative.
I was 19 when I saw Requiem for a Dream and it changed my life. I could related to the characters and their feelings with out having gone through exactly what they had. I did some research and found out the film was based on experiences the author had gone through. And after watching some thing amazing happened, I wanted to live differently and be a better person.
In that moment I realised the power of film.
You go out and live.
That’s the answer to the question I asked earlier. Enjoy the movies and when it’s over and the lights come up you have to go out and take the initiative to experience the world.
Find out what makes life special to you. And one day put it up on the silver screen for all of us to enjoy. I hear a song coming on “It’s the circle……..the circle of life”