I know it might seem like a mundane topic to discuss, but in reality, if I’m going to be blogging about my film work and the works of others that I find particularly moving or motivation, I think I should share what I want out of my own filmmaking experience. It seems only fair to you that you know where I’m coming from when you read my reviews and my updates.
As is true of most filmmakers (or at least the ones I’ve met thus far in my life), storytelling is an exploration of the human emotions. Why would you write yourself a hero only to degrade and beat him or her throughout your story’s progression? Obvious, you’re tapping into the emotions of your audience. A good filmmaker’s goal is not to take the character’s thoughts and feelings into consideration but the audiences feelings. The characters in a story are tools for storytellers to convey certain types of emotions to an audience. Personally, whenever anyone asks why I want to go into film, my simple answer is, “I want to make people cry.” I want to see the raw emotion on the audience’s faces as they experience the heartbreak, sorrow, joy, and tension of the characters on screen. In addition, I find that the stories I have written thus far, or the ideas I have conjured up, have revolved around the emotional journey of human beings. That being said, I am not a unique filmmaker by pointing this out; the discovery and exploration of the human being’s range of emotion, as I said before, is a crucial characteristic of storytelling. I, therefore, am still in the process of finding the kind of storytelling that compels and excites me. Whether or not I favor action-adventure storylines to psychological thrillers will be discovered as time moves forward. But I can say, with the utmost confidence, that I hope every story I write and every film I direct will leave the audience feeling emotionally exhausted and, if I’m really lucky, crying as well.