a lost weekend


Over the past weekend, when I wasn’t outside being attacked by pollen while enjoying good old-fashioned daylight and mild temperatures, I had locked myself away in my room watching Lost season 3 online. My cinephile friend and I have been getting lost in this show for the past couple months, having discussions after certain episodes or complete seasons. Call it a chat session. We discuss characters, plots, the back stories and of course the delicious eye candies on screen.

 

When I needed a break from the island, I popped in a DVD. Intolerable Cruelty was the next movie from Netflix that was crying out to be played. And I’m glad I did. I forget where I read about it being compared to His Girl Friday but I must agree to those comparisons. The battle of the sexes, the quick witty banter, the inevitable you-know-what’s-going-to-happen ending. Can’t go wrong. I enjoyed it and got a few good laughs out of it too. I should start getting affiliated with all these links. Times are hard and I could use an extra quarter.

 

Later on in the night, while foraging for food in the kitchen, I was struck with a thought like I usually do at such hours doing such activities. Perhaps it was more of a stroke of inspiration. Basically it got me back up to my room and just typing out two pages of what would be the beginning of a short film. But it all started with something I thought about posting on Twitter, as I counted how many characters it would take to tweet it: Do you ever get the feeling that love is right around the corner? (65.) Actually, my original tweet would’ve been a bit longer. You know, with my personal brand of sarcasm, cynicism, t. sterlingism.

 

I don’t particularly think a good story or script can be based on a single line. But then again, maybe it can. I don’t think it’s wise to build a story based on a single interesting or humorous line I thought of or heard, but I’m sure it can be done. Usually my ideas are based on a random event I heard on the news or in idle conversation or just a spark of my imagination running wild. Don’t be surprised if you hear about a movie that involves 10,000 or so eggs being stolen from a farm. Why would anyone do that? I haven’t thought of that yet but it happened in real life.

 

So this little script I started is definitely in its crudest form. I’m not even entertaining the thought of posting an excerpt. Then again, how can I? It’s only two pages right now.

 

So what does this have to do with Lost? Nothing really. It’s just one of the many things I did this weekend that I list on my creative side. But I’ll make a connection: character development and intriguing back stories. I’m practicing building fantastic characters and plots. I wish that was a job. To just come up with characters and plots and let others write the scripts with my supervision. Is that where story credits come in? That’d be nice.

 

Story and Directed by

t. sterling watson

 

Oh wait, and a “Created by” credit would rock too. Dream big. Yes, yes y’all.

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