This semester is going to be interesting.
I’m taking 3D-Design, Film History Since 1940, Logic, and Screenwriting.
I also have been given the amazing opportunity to intern at Trailblazer Studios which does a ton of post-production (editing and the likes).
Why do I tell you this?
Because it’s all about stories!
3D-Design is all about communication, Film History is all about how people DID communicate, Logic is about examining communication, and screenwriting is one of the most basic forms of communication. And a lot of these classes (and the internship) focus on communication through telling a story, specifically through film or TV.
And man, is there a lot to learn.
But I think one of the coolest things (to me at least) is how films can so prove the existence of God, and verify what the Bible says, and I don’t mean just those few films that preach it up (or at least hint at God/the Bible) like Facing The Giants, Fireproof, or I’ll even give it to The Book Of Eli.
And I bet you’re wondering WHAT ON EARTH I mean by that, because all media is usually so anti-God.
Well, to start off in my screenwriting class we had to study very closely a screenplay of our choosing in order to get ourselves familiar with the material. So I choose Forrest Gump, ‘cause it’s a great film right? And everyone loves it right? Well, it turned out to be tons harder than I thought…but I guess that’s one reason why it was so great. But the thing that makes it REALLY great is because here we have a (slightly) autistic guy who goes on not only to live a “normal” life, but an EXTRAORDINARY one. And why do we like it? Because it’s the Fool Who Triumphs!
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Cor 1:27
We love it because it’s a God principle.
Or, another one of my favorites is from a movie called Adaptation (one of those awful “artsy” films, which I DO NOT suggest watching at all) that we had to watch for screenwriting class. At the end of this film, one of the characters named Orlean is crying over her dead boyfriend with whom she was having an affair and with whom she had gotten into a lot of bad stuff. She goes from way up top to way down low, and this is what she says:
Oh my God. Everything’s over. I did
everything wrong. I want my life back.
I want it back before it got all messed
up. Let me be a baby again. I want to
be new. I want to be new.
“I want to be new.” Isn’t that exactly what every person wishes? Deep down? Because deep down all of us NEED to be new in God.
It’s interesting because the book that we have read to help guide us in screenwriting emphasizes primal goals. Like being new and starting over, or the primal urge to mean something to the world. And is this not all in the Bible? It’s because the things in the Bible are ingrained in us just like our DNA, and its principles function in the world.
So, next time you watch a movie, look out for the God Principles, and comment if you find one in a movie!