If you read my last article you know that my goal in life is to become a movie director. Although I mentioned it a little bit in my last article I’d like to go in depth with why I want to direct so badly.
As I said, The Lord of the Rings is my favorite film series (in which I include The Hobbit series) and Peter Jackson is my main inspiration. The reason for this is that Peter Jackson developed a whole visual world with extensive history and extremely detailed characters (of course, a great deal of this credit should also go to J.R.R. Tolkien who created the world of Middle Earth and wrote the books). Peter Jackson developed this world in which characters can interact and we, the viewers, were able to enjoy watching and feeling as though we are a part of the world too. Ever since I saw the Lord of the Rings films, I’ve wanted to make my own fantasy series, although I wouldn’t limit myself to strictly working on fantasy movies.
I want to make movies of many different genres. Peter Jackson is not my only inspiration. I’m also very inspired by Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, James Cameron, Korey Green and Neill Blomkamp. My inspiration does not only come in the form of directors but other artists and close friends, of which there are too many to name.
To me being a director is much more than just telling people what to do, it’s about bringing many different people with different talents together to create a giant piece of art for people to appreciate and enjoy. Being a director gives you the power to create any world you want, where anything you can happen. You also have to accept that many people won’t like what you have done so it’s important for you to seek those people who would like it.
One movie can bring people together and give them something to talk about and feel like they’re a part of something. Movies can help people who are in a tough place get by. Some movies touch on very important topics and teach many valuable life lessons. To me it’s not so much what a movie is about but rather what it’s trying to teach.
A few days ago I saw a movie by Neill Blomkamp called Chappie. I’d seen many reviews for this movie talking about how bad it was and that it failed at sending its message. I heard a lot of people say that it was supposed to be about a robot saving the world, but maybe because I’m a director I saw it in a much different way. I never saw it as a robot who was supposed to save the world but a metaphor about how what’s on the outside does not define us, what’s on the inside does. I thought that the movie did a brilliant job of showing that, but like most movies it all comes down to preference.
I would never want to work on a movie that I didn’t feel passionate about.
I also thinks it’s important to make a movie that you, yourself would like, not just other people. Movies are a way to tell the world what you think without directly talking to everyone. Like all art it’s a very powerful tool that can be used to spread a message.
A problem that I have is that I see too many people talking about how superhero movies are just money makers and don’t have any real purpose. I find this very upsetting because I’ve taken a lot of inspiration form superhero movies and have met some great friends talking about them. Superhero movies can also send messages to people without them even realizing it.
I also think TV can be a good way to send messages to people although I’m not as interested in directing TV as I am movies but I’m not opposed to it. I’ve taken an inspiration from shows like Lost, The Office, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.
The last thing that I want to say is to anyone out there who has a dream to do or become something. Just keep trying and never give up no matter how hard it gets. If you’re passionate about something you can achieve it.