So you want to be a writer Kid? #2.01 Start Small

If you are not a veteran at writing movies it can be a massive mountain to your pushbike, but that’s okay. When you write a movie every scene is important, and if you are not use to that level of detail it is easy to turn your brilliant (and your ideas are good) into a mundane story. There are a lot of movies that are made and do not capitalize on the details. Details take your movie to another level. So how do we start?

 

Read. A lot. And watch a diverse range of movies and TV shows. The more diverse your taste the greater influences you have on your work. Combining different genres and style can give your story a new take. Think of your favourite movies, I can guarantee all of them have incorporated references to other content. It’s something small but it increases the quality of your work.

 

Start by reading short stories and practicing adapting them into a short film. Why? It is easy to loose focus or miss moments that could have been stronger when you are working on a 100-page script. Short films are restrictive in that you only have so much time to tell your story. Writing the short films gives you practice at paying attention to the small details and it will help you to make every word and every location count. Why have a scene in a coffee shop when there are millions of unique and different locations you could have the scene that can add greater depth to your work.

 

And I’m not saying forget about your movie ideas. If you have ideas about a movie, great! Write them down and give them time to develop. I cannot stress how important it is that you actually WRITE DOWN YOUR IDEAS. Because I can guarantee you will forget half of these amazing moments and parts of your movie if you are only remembering them. WRITE THEM DOWN!

Shelf it….should books have classifications?

film and literature

It’s a question I have been wondering for a long time, should books have classifications? Movies do, television shows do, even websites are starting to provide a rating, whether or not they stick to that rating is another issue…But why don’t books have to?

The former Office of Film and Literature Classification (the OFLC) ceased to exist when new administrative arrangements came into force on 1 July 2007. The policy and operational functions of the OFLC were transferred to the Attorney-General’s Department. Decisions are still made by the Classification Board, and reviews of decisions are still made by the Classification Review Board.[1]

Case One: The Hunger GamesThe hunger games

Before I go any further, for the record I love the hunger games, they are amazing books that have managed to recreate the end of the world/ rebellion genre. That being said the books are considered quite graphically violent in relation to children killing children. for its 17+ audience reading this book, this level of violence is easily handled. But for the younger violence, particularly readers that are a little bit more sensitive, this book could be concerning for the parents. For a parent buying books for their children, reading the title of the book you wouldn’t be aware of the details of the book. While I was growing up my parents had said that their were certain books I wasn’t allowed to read. They always said to me that there were so many books in the world I can read, I don’t have to read those ones. but how did they know what was in those books, largely it was due to my siblings and what their friends told them about the books. what if a parent doesn’t have that, would classifications help?

Case two: 50 shades of grey

50 shades of greyThe book series 50 shades of grey spent at least 50 weeks on the bestseller list. Walking into my local dymocks at the start of its reign i saw it there and wanted to read it to find out what it was about.Personally I will read a book because of its title and cover, I very rarely read the blurb on the back, in-fact i don’t know a lot of people in my age group that do read the backs of books. A greater number of book audiences will read a book because a friend recommended it or by it’s reputation. I was already buying two other books so I decided to leave it for a week. When I went back to school I joined a conversation about the book simply saying I wanted to read it, everyone looked at me weirdly before they explained what the book was about. I had no idea what the book was about, only that it was a best seller.

Now…what was the point of that rant… luckily I hadn’t bought the book before I actually heard everything about it, but what if I had been younger than what i was and had bought that book? Granted I should have read the back, but even then, the blurbs are meant to entice the audience not tell them everything that is going to be in the novel. Especially for parents who are concerned with what their kids are exposing themselves to, knowing what their kids are actually reading as well as what knowing what you are buying is important for today’s consumers. to be honest having classifieds wont stop kids from reading these kinds of books if they dont want to but it is still important to have the option there if they want it, even if the classifieds were just listed online for books.

Australian Classification