Tag lines I have. Log lines I don’t. And I so suck at them! (But alas, I must write these things myself. Bleh!)
And while avoiding it, I’ve been trying to find the box of tissues I just bought so I can watch Before We Go. (a fangirl’s job is never done…I only say that because I adore Chris Evans as much as I do…as in: should someone else don the Captain America outfit, I might not be into Captain America as much as I used to be. But, I digress.) Before We Go is a beautiful love story, that touched me so much, I actually wrote a review online for it…and I try to avoid writing any reviews because I can admit I’m pretty bias in what I like (again, fangirl.) But this movie was gorgeous!!! The intimate POV of just these two characters…the way it was shot…the closeness between Nick and Brooke…
As a writer (and daydreaming filmmaker) this is what I aspire to do. I have stories that’s just the main two characters and their journey. And that’s all it should be. It’s probably less commercial–unless I change my name to Nicholas Sparks–than say Human Touch with a cast of tens…Even Darrows, spread out with tens of characters while they’re in school, but then outside of that, I suck the world back into just Lex and Quent…because that’s all it should ever be, Lex and Quent.
Definitely inspired by this film. I haven’t stop thinking about it since I watched it July 21, 2015.
The Time Traveling Phone Call:
This is my favorite part of the movie. Nick and Brooke are out on the street in NYC at night. And their personal stories are unfolding, and they happen across a phone booth. (I thought all phone booths had been abolished in the Cell Phone Act of the early 2000s.) Brooke makes a “phone call” to her past self to make sure her life takes a direction for the best, and it’s the part that stuck with me–Nick: “Hey, Nick. It’s me. You. From the future.” (covers phone with his hand) “He bought it. Idiot.”
(LOVE THAT PART)
And I’ve been thinking: What would I tell my-writer-self in a phone call?
Okay. Dialing my old Number: ###-####
Because the girl I want to contact only had seven digits back then.
*ringing* Pick up! Four rings. One more and we’ll get the answering machine.
Hey…it’s you from the future. (She’s listening, but I can feel that eyebrow quirking upward in the silence.) Look, you know how in Back to the Future Doc always says how you can cause a time paradox by knowing too much about your own future?
“Yeah. Why are you calling? What do I become an asshole or something?”
Ha! Good use of the Marty quote there. No. This has to do with your writing future.
“My writing future? Are you hopped up on coke like Jamie Conway?”
(She (I) really is (was) into Michael J Fox waayyy too much.)
No. Listen. I know your mom doesn’t get the writing thing…or anything related to being creative. Don’t listen to her.
“So ignore my mom? If you are me from the future, you know I do already. Duh.”
Yeah, we did. But there’s more. Don’t listen to those teachers who praise you on your writing, but give you a 60 for writing a story that was too weird. You’ll come across a few of those in the future: Wool, The Dark Backward, Willard…I can go on and on. Just keep at it, don’t give up. And when you get that full scholarship to Pepperdine for writing, take it. Granted you’ll miss out on some awesome people at A&M, including Mr. A&M, but you’ll be able to learn and cultivate your craft.
“So totally sure you’re making this up…as if I would call myself in the future.”
Well, I would have written a letter, but only on SNL does the ability to send it in the past really exist.
You haven’t seen that one yet. Anyway, no matter what you choose, no matter if your parents won’t let a minor high school graduate leave the state, stick with the writing. You can even tranfer after a year at A&M…and you won’t miss out on Mr. A&M. Don’t let the negative comments wipe you out…and trust me, there have been a few. Don’t give up. You can do this. You will succeed.
“Sure.” (I can hear her eyes rolling through the phone.) “Anyway, I gotta go. I’m spending the night with my best friend. We’re going to prank call this dude…”
Yeah. I remember that night well. Keep your creativity always. And don’t let that guy throw out your Goonies 2 story. Because, one day, Goonies 2 will happen. Oh, and keep that Ferris Bueller book. You can’t find those in the future.
If only that were really possible! If only…
What would your phone call say?
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image is a screen cap i took from the movie Before We Go