6 Film scenes that have inspired me

This list is kinda like an extension of my favorite movies list that seems to never stop growing.  These scenes, in particular, I hold very near and dear to my heart. They keep my love for film alive in the midst of all of these subpar movies.

Here’s the list:

Kida and The Crystal Scene
This scene has always stuck out in my mind. The color and music create an omnipotent atmosphere. It is such an underrated scene and very rare. A woman of color who transcends from a princess to a divine power source, it makes me feel empowered and inspired. Each time I watch that scene, it reminds me that I have the power to create my own world.

 

The Water Spirit in Spirited Away
In Spirited Away there are many beautiful and breath-taking scenes such as Chihiro visiting Granny or the numerous world -exploring scenes. The scene that inspires me is the Water Spirit scene. The scene starts with everyone taking a relaxing bath and then there is the alarming presence of a spirit. The bath plays a huge role in this scene and that is the main reason why I like the scene so much. You can almost feel how relaxing the bath is from the steam, rushing water and the sighs of relaxation. The artwork and ornate decor enhance the scene.

 

 

Sharon Apple’s Concert Macross Plus
Macross Plus has one of the best soundtracks in anime history. The way this soundtrack shines is during Sharon Apple’s concert. The concert starts, the mood is set and then Santi-U plays. Sharon, the AI swims across the clouds and mesmerizes the thousands of people (plus the audience) with her singing. I love the soundtrack very much and frequently listen to it. My favorite songs are Pulse and Santi-U.

Magnetic Rose from Memories
Magnetic Rose is one of the best anime short films. Everything about this short film is beautiful plus the same person who scored Macross plus did the score for this film. It is hard to choose which part is my favorite because it was just so beautiful.

 

The flooding of the bathroom scene in The Shape of Water
This scene was very beautifully shot. The lighting and facial expressions were perfect. It encapsulated the innocence of the main character as well as transitioning the audience to a fantastical world in which the character and love interest are free. It is a rare scene.

 

Circus Scene from Cat Soup
The Circus scene from Cat Soup is an odd scene. It is very ethereal and eccentric, but I like it. It reminds me of when I would watch the circus at a place called the City Museum (it is essentially a building where you climb and find oddities). The style of the scene is somewhat nostalgic. It serves as a reminder that life experiences mixed with fantastical elements make an interesting story.

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Reading Screenplays and Where to read them

Are you an aspiring film maker or just like movies? Reading scripts helps film lovers and those learning the craft have a deeper connection to the movie. With this blog post I’ll go through why a script is important and where to read scripts. Enjoy!

If you are an aspiring filmmaker or screenwriter, it is imperative that you skip this step in your process. Go read some scripts.  It is the first step in anyone’s journey to making or criticising a film. A script is the meat and bones of the film and without it,  the film will fall apart. The script is vital to understanding the film and the direction it was taking. I, Within my own process of writing my script, read a few scripts and that helped me feel confident in my writing and working with the script format. After reading a few scripts, you will too.  In this post, I will share where I read my favorite script with you.

 

Awesome Film

Awesome Film is a great place to start when reading scripts. They do not have a wide selection, but they feature a lot of cult classic scripts such as The Big Lebowski. There are also some classics such as the Graduate in their collection.  The downside, however, is how limited the selection is. One thing to note is that when you click on a script, another tab will not open and you will move away from the home page.

 

Screenplay Database

Screenplay Database has a great collection of scripts. There are some more recent additions to their collection like 12 years of Slave as well as classic movies. On this website, there is an Academy award icon that’s next to each film that won an Academy. The downside of using this site is that the library only had 400 scripts,

The Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database has a large selection of scripts that are well organized and categorized.  Some of the selection are extremely recent scripts like LaLa Land.  What makes this website standout are the reviews. I find most of the reviews very helpful and thorough. If you feel compelled to do so, you can leave a review yourself.

Simply Scripts

Simply Scripts has the most well-organized selection of scripts.   You can look for scripts through genres and alphabet. The most unique part of the website is on the homepage, you can see the more recent additions to their script collection. Right now they have the script of The Room and I am sure that will be an interesting read.

 

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Why I want to be a director

It all began when I was little,

I remember seeing the vastness of Egypt and all of its splendor through the Prince of Egypt. That was my introduction to the world of cinema. I was mesmerized by the world created on the big screen and wanted to make one of my own.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away was the movie that propelled me to go after my dreams. After learning about how he made a film and was involved in all the details, I knew I wanted to be a director.

I have been preparing all my life for the opportunity to make my own film.  Throughout my years of schooling, I have practiced writing and drawing. I made comic books because it was the closest thing to making a movie that I could get to. It helped me learn about crafting a story and storyboarding. I have made my own music and delved deep into music production to understand what makes a great soundtrack.

I have learned how to edit, I’ve been in plays and many other things that deal with film. So why not me.

I do not want to be a Director or filmmaker for money.  I want to do it as an art.

Film is a way for me to combine everything I love. Everything that is a part of who I am and give birth to my inner universe. I must create and keep creating.  If I don’t create then I cannot be free. It is agonizing holding on to ideas and entire worlds.

I may not make my worlds come alive today or even in the next couple of years but knowing that I strived to make this dream into a reality is all that I need.

That is why I want to be a director.

 

 

 

 

Listen to The Music (Scriptwriting and ART)

Sometimes, it is hard to get to work when working on a creative project such as a script. Sometimes you are bored with the material and just want to quit. My problem was that I found it hard to get back into the mood and the feel of the script until I turned on the Music. I’ve made a couple of playlists that would be the potential soundtrack. I started listening to some of the music then suddenly I was fully immersed in a new world. I felt the characters and my script breathing and living. If you are stuck in a rut put on some music.

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Top 10 of my Favorite Films

10 of my Favorite Films that span from anime, foreign film and classics

For this list, I do not have a particular ranking.

Spirited Away

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When I heard about Spirited Away I was in Barnes and Noble. The store was showing a trailer for the film and I was mesmerized; the intricate design of the setting and just the overall feel of the film made me feel like I was in a dream. After my first viewing of Spirited Away my life had changed. I was on the search for the bathhouse. In my neighborhood, there was a road that was similar to the one in Spirited Away; I decided that I was going to follow that road and see where it lead me.  The road did not lead me to the bathhouse but it did lead to a really nice thrift store and an overpriced donut shop.

Kill Bill

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Out of all the Tarantino movies, Kill Bill is my favorite. Kill Bill resonated with me more than Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown.  For me, it was the heavy Japanese influence.  There was anime, the setting is in Japan and the characters are inspired by Japanese cult classics such as Lady Snowblood. What makes this movie one of my favorites is O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari. I would love to see a movie about O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari. There are also other fantastic elements and characters but the anime sequence was what made the movie stand out.  As I watched, the anime sequence I hoped that Tarantino would do an anime series.

Notes: The anime seems very similar to Blood-C and I also heard that the director of Cowboy Bebop was involved……

Akira

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Akira is a visual feast for the eyes. Akira is art, even the Supreme Collab with the cells from the manga. The picture of Kaneda in the red pills jacket walking up to the motorcycle is a mere example of how iconic Akira is. That picture made me want to get the jacket and motorcycle. After I watched the movie I realized it is everything that makes anime great.  The art, the music, and everything combined was amazing. Even though the movie is epic there was a lot of elements missing. I read the manga and was blown away by what was left out. Also, I searched for more movies by Katsuhiro Otomo and found some gems. Overall,  Akira is more than just one of the great anime. I believe that Akira embodies anime as art. Akira is an example of what anime has the ability to do.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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This movie had one of the most intense trailers.  What captured me the most was a scene where Kida turned into a crystal and spoke to Milo in her native tongue that was beautiful and well-filmed scene. The scene had a great impact on me: I had dreams about that crystal scene and I tried to replicate it in my script.

Ghost in The Shell

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Ghost in The Shell is another great anime film. With its intellectually engaging dialogue and very cool action choreography, it showcases the possibilities of anime. Every detail in the film has its purpose from the music to the setting there is a running theme of merging and rebirth.

Helter Skelter

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In Helter Skelter, Mika Ninagawa captures the beauty and essence of Erika Sawajiri and Kiko Mizuhara.  The entire film is visually pleasing but the part of the film that took my breath away was the opening.

Virgin: When Virginity is Questioned

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Virgin is a nostalgic film. It encapsulates everything about the millennium. The clothes and the music remind me of when I was younger and could not wait to be a teenager.

Titan A.E.

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Titan A.E. is an obscure yet well-done film.  It is a high octane space adventure that has a great soundtrack and unforgettable characters. There are so many good things that are great about this movie that it makes you question why it never was popular.

The Prince of Egypt

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The Prince of Egypt is a great movie and I am surprised that not a lot of people talk about it. It is a movie that raised the bar on animation. It was unique and no one has done anything like it before or afterward.

The Color Purple

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I had read the book and watched the movie.  I hold the movie and the book in really high regards because I resonate with the characters Alice Walker was inspired by one of my favorite Anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, to write the book and it has black women owning businesses and traveling.

Special Mentions:

-Kirikou (all three movies)

-Vampire Hunter D

-Purab Aur Paschim

-36 Chinatown

-Lawerence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago

-Ben-Hur

-Anything Alfred Hitchcock

-James Bond movies

-The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Wall-e (Disney Trilogy…the great of the great)

-The Nun Story

-Satoshi Kon Movies

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The Chronicles of Phoenix (Aspiring Film in The making)

 

The Chronicles of Phoenix is the title of the script that I am working on. I’ve been working on this story for 7 years and I never had the time to immerse myself in my work until now.  Throughout the years, the story changed drastically some things thrown out and new things put in. The story is inspired by dreams.

I thought that my dreams would be awesome in a film and the story became a string of dreams. After a while,  The Chronicles of Phoenix was more than that. As someone who loves storytelling and it’s the art form,  other storytellers have inspired me to put meaning into my story which meant that the scenes that did not help the story had to go.

Some of the ideas that I had to let go of:

-My main character becoming a superhero

-A hallucination that was ultimately a prophecy about the main character’s spouse

-The ending as a positive “the hero saves the world” ending.

 “Kill your Darlings”-Stephen King

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