Dude, it's no secret that I like my movies. I'm forever talking about them on twitter and stuff. I think I've started watching movies in a new way since reading the best book ever, SAVE THE CAT.
STC really helped me with my writing, and it's because that book took something abstract and put it into visuals--a movie. Something I can watch and analyze in just a few hours.
But that post is here.
Today's post is about movies and how they help me in my writing. I'm going to use a short illustration. I've been taking my kids to a movie every Thursday this summer. A couple of weeks ago, the movie was Bedtime Stories.
I liked it. But there was something that really stuck out to me. (I don't want to bash the movie, nor do I want to analyze all the things wrong with movies.) I thought there was a glaring inconsistency in the movie.
See, there's these kids, and their mom is all hopped up on wheat grass this, and whole grain that. The kids don't have a TV and they don't watch TV or movies. So their Uncle Skeeter has to watch the kids for a while and he lets them do all kinds of "wild" things.
One of which is play with shaving cream in the bathroom. And the little girl has cream all over and says, "I'm Princess Leia."
Which made no sense to me. Why? Because she hasn't watched TV or movies. Her mom didn't let her do that.
It was inconsistent to me.
And it taught me to make sure that my characters don't reference things which they have no experience with. This is especially hard for me in my futuristic society, using words and references from right now.
Man, my brain hurts just thinking about it.
But it's a good lesson.
What do you think? Did I just miss the boat while watching Bedtime Stories? Have movies helped you make connections in writing? How?