NOTES AND REFLECTION
-CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE NOT MADE UP OF WORDS. BUT AUDIENCE EMOTIONAL REACTION TO THAT INFORMATION
STORY IS ABOUT
-PEOPLE TO PEOPLE
PURPOSE OF WRITER
-TO CONNECT TO THEMSELVES
-THEIR UNIQUE VISION
(Audience wants to be transported by a screen play)
WHERE DO WE LOOK FOR A STORY
In ourselves. Everything to learn about other people is already in you.
1)OBSERVATION AND EXPERIENCE
All people have fragments of stories. These potential ideas prompt your desire to know more and respond intellectualy to what you heard. The best stories are from your heart and not the head. Remember the role of audience and remember that we are the audience.
Memory is wonderful cabinet of past incidents which you have experienced. These memories are points of references to our past own expereince.
What we did and what i learnt from it
Mr.Ryan told us to sit in group and read out our “letters to the past” to each other and the others will give us a critic. As i was sitting there, listening to each one of them emotionally telling me the deepest past secrets, all the shame i felt about my letter of the past flew away. I regretted, writing something so personal in a blog, until today when everyone was so brave to tell what they felt. And Mr. Ryan is very right when he said it is hard for us to give critic to a person who wrote it with such emotion. As i sat there, listening to Joshua’s tale or Seri’s tale, i was thinking, what do i say? Tell them to improve on how they feel. They were telling what they felt and that is how it should be.
Later on, i was telling Mr. Ryan, that i didnt bothered to correct my mistakes in my letter on purpose. Somehow, i wanted it that way. I wrote it all in one go, and throughout my letter i stuttered and cried. And those mistakes, kind of showed my reluctance to tell certain details in certain parts of the letter. And the audience can percieve in that way. For an example, in a part of the letter, the mistakes become slightly more and the handwriting gets a little rushed or weak looking, it reflects on the racing thoughts and feelings the writer been through. And i wanted to preserve that. It gives it a natural feeling. As a human being, when you are writing the first draft of an emotional letter, you bound to make mistakes. And that mistakes, and the irregular pattern of writing reflects the height of emotions going up and down the story. It makes audience relate to that letter and they go by memory that they have done the same mistakes when they are writing a letter, esepcially when their emotions arent stable
So what did we learn?
I think what Mr. Ryan wanted us to realise is, we can have emotion and substance in our stories. But HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE YOUR AUDIENCE FEEL THE SAME WAY YOU DO!!
That is the point. The main idea, is to capture your audience and make them go through the same roller coaster of emotions you been through in that particular memory you shared with them.
The biggest advantage as a writer we have is that, we are the audience too. And we share the same emotions any one from the audience will have. The main key, is to look into ourselves, put ourselves as the audience and imagine how we would react to a situation. This is the only way, we can connect to the audience and make them feel the same way we feel. Words and emotions can be used to make a story visual, and the audience can imagine the exact pain or pleasure we have been through.
By using our memories, experience and observation as humans we can connect to other humans. Human beings tend to get comfortable with things they can relate to, and emotions is something that connect every human being despite race,religion or culture.
A good example is, Heaven. Heaven is a a place something like utopia. We have only heard of it through religious gospels but have never seen it. Yet we are able to visualise it and feel and imagine that place having clouds, angels and somewhere up in the sky. We are able to see all this, without even going to that place. In that way, it has captured us.
Hell, when we think of it, we think of a dark place with fire all over. We imagine it to be a place of suffering. We have never been there, but all humans tend to visualise hell the way i have described it. Why? It follows the same tools as storytelling, we go by memory experience and observation. Throughout our lives, we observe people who do crime to go to a dark place called prison. They are punished and subjected to torture, and the little punishments we gain in life gives us a sort of memory and experience. Which could explain why we all think of hell in the same way.
Somehow, the religious gospels tapped onto our fears of the unknown, guilt and experiences and caused us to flow with the description, to imagine a place like hell and heaven.
Therefore, storytelling techniques is everywhere. Even with God! Another thing, which i also realise is that how we display our story to the viewers. The display is like a portal where the film maker and viewers communicate to each other. And every detail must be clear. If not the audience will lose connection fast.
In the letter to the past, some of us wrote names and never explained who it really was. Maybe because, the intended audience was the person they were writing too. It is something that i realised in the class.
WRITING SOMETHING YOU DONT KNOW
What happens if you have never lost a love one in your life, does it mean you cannot write a story about it? No. That is why we are blessed that all humans share emotions. This is where we become the audience, and visualise and imagine the pain of losing a loved one, in that way we are able to display it. And audience can be captured. And we can also relate to our observation skills, example observing someone who lost a loved one. By seeing their reaction, we can put it in our stories. Movie actors, example playing a role of a cripple, will observe cripples and trained to act like them. Just like that, a flim maker must observe, use his experience and memory to make a story or even write something he doesnt know about.
I hope i got it right.