Back online on the computer. You get a lot of things undone when you don’t have internet connection on your computer. When you get it back it’s a balm for the wounds. There are so many things you need to do online so you can’t really do much when it doesn’t work. Like paying bills or sending important documents and that kind of stuff. Internet is not only for fun, you know. When you can’t get online, spam gathers in your email inbox as well.
Another balm to your wounds is watching movies and especially when there’s a lot of extra footage. That’s what The Hobbit DVD’s has. I’ve already seen them but watching them again it feels like I haven’t really seen them. I know I have but it still feels like a new thing. Actually, there is only one I haven’t seen and that was about Thranduil. The reason is Lee Pace. That man is so gorgeous and especially that smile of his. Um, I was saying. Watching those behind the scenes footages I taught me a lot about movie making. I have some experience of that from school but that was nothing compared to the movie-making business. Movies, in general, is a great balm for the wounds. One of the reasons why I buy DVD’s and Blu-rays are for the extra footage in them. You don’t get that from Netflix or any other place like that. Unless someone had downloaded them on Youtube.
Probably the strongest balm to your wounds is music. It has helped me get through happy and tough times. When my mother died, listening to music was the cure. Especially Duran Duran. Without them, grieving would have been much harder. I can even concentrate better when there’s music is in the background. If there would be silent I would be listening to the smallest sounds and nothing would get done. Everyone should have a balm that makes them feel better. If reading a book is your thing, you should do that. Any balm to your soul and inner peace is good. As long as it’s healthy so smoking and drinking is not an option.
I hate running so I would never take a marathon. But if it comes to movies, then yes I’m up for one. People who run marathons must have great willpower training for one for months. I’ve seen competitions on TV and it really takes a lot out of the runners. Us normal humans, even getting off the couch, is a challenge. Some have never exercised in their life so they can’t understand how much time and effort it takes. The runners also need to think about the heat and what to eat. If running a marathon was easy, anyone could do it.
I can have a listening to music marathon. I could listen to different music all day and not getting tired of it. At the same time, writing or doing something productive. If you run, it’s just that. When you watch a movie marathon, that’s the only thing you do. In that you need to concentrate. I love all the Lord of the rings and The Hobbit movie, extended versions. One of these days I will watch all six of them. It takes forever and the only thing that’s gonna get sore is my eyes and back. I’ve watched them separately but never together. You need time to watch something like that. That’s part of my retirement plan. If I ever get that far.
Sometimes I have writing fiction marathons. One story at the time of course. Ideas comes flooding no matter what time it is. Once you start you can’t stop. There is times I’ve haven’t slept all night because I got so much to write. I don’t want to lose the train of thought. When I got into that world in my mind, even a little distraction gets me irritated. It’s difficult to get that mood back again. That was something my mother couldn’t really understand. That’s why I’m a writer and only writer’s understand the flow you sometimes get. Having so much thoughts in your head, your hand or fingers can’t keep up. That’s kind of marathons I take part in. Running? Nah, I rather do it in my head.
One week left of NaBloPoMo. In the prompt the question is, what do you do better than anybody else. I really had to think about that one. I’m modest and I rather not compare myself to others. I don’t really know what I can do better than anybody else. I’m not that special.
Then when I got this DVD today (in the photo) I figured out what to write about. The DVD has got extras where they show and talk about how they made the movie. That’s what I love about these extended versions. They’re really interesting. I look at movies in a totally different way. That’s what I’m better at, understanding movie making. It also helps that I’ve studied script writing and how to make movies.
When an ordinary viewer watch movies, they just see what’s on screen. They don’t see the camera angles or the plots they way I do. Why the characters do what they do or why the shots are what they are. I studied script writing when Lord of the rings: The Two Towers was in the theaters in 2002. I kept thinking about all the camera angles and the storyline. What was taught in school about movie making, was stuck in my head. It made me understand the whole concept of movies. That’s something most people lack. They just watch a movie as entertainment. You can’t understand dramaturgy if you haven’t studied it.
You read comments online where people complain that a movie is too long. Or why don’t they show when the characters go to the toilet. Or if the movie is based on a book, some wonder why a certain thing is not in the movie. Just to name a few examples. Making movies is not easy. You just can’t put everything in a movie. Some scenes are impossible to shoot or expensive to do. It’s also the way the director sees it. I found it funny people complaining “it’s not in the book” crap. Especially in Peter Jackson’s trilogies. It’s his views on it. Some people are never happy. If those complainers think they can make a better one, just do it. But I doubt they can.
There must be a continuity in the plots. If a movie concentrates on little details, if would be a really boring one. It’s so easy to judge movie makers if you have no idea what’s it’s all about. I can tell you from experience that even making one scene takes time and effort. You can’t just shoot once and then you’re done. It’s not a home video. You need to plan in advance. It’s also group work. Sometimes you have to take a lots of shots before it’s complete. Plus the editing and not to mention having a script. Even though I’ve only done a short film or one scene, I can understand how much work it is. Imagine making a whole movie. Now that’s what I call impressive.