THE COLOR PURPLE - A lesson in connecting character arcs to theme. #SpoilerAlert
I have experienced every iteration of Miss Celie's story:
- The novel
- The film
- The Broadway Tour ft. Fantasia (at the Pantages in Los Angeles in 2009. Fun Fact: This was the show that reintroduced me to my love for musical theater. It's why I eventually quit my job as an exec at The Syfy Channel and became a touring, performing artist myself. 😉)
- The Tony-award winning Broadway revival ft. Cynthia Erivo
Each iteration takes the epistolary novel of Celie writing letters to God and Nettie writing letters to Celie and turns them into strong vignettes throughout time as Celie learns to love herself, find joy, forgive, and trust God.
Because the story is told this way, you may find it hard to follow the structure. It leaps through time with a mostly inactive protagonist. So why does it work? 👇🏾
A lesson in inactive protagonists. This story could've worked, but the execution is so poor.
Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
A lesson in reveals. The reveal does not work to the story's benefit. Let's get straight into it. #SpoilerAlert
Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
Let's talk breaking the rules. #SpoilerAlert
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
THE BLACKENING - I'm late to the party, but I'm here.
On my way to the ATL for business, I was able to watch THE BLACKENING on my Delta flight. Delta usually has the best and most diverse viewing library. Shout out to them.
Let's discuss black horror films 👇🏾
THE BURIAL - Based on a true story. Now streaming on #AmazonPrime. No spoilers. Finally, a decent film. Jamie Foxx is a character actor and always shines in biographies. Tommy Lee Jones never disappoints. I became a Journee Smollett fan in LOVECRAFT because it seemed she was finally given a role that allowed her to stretch and show off her acting chops. IMO, she's in her bag. I hope she stays there.
But let's talk about genre and tone.
ELEMENTAL is thematic perfection. But what else do we expect from Pixar. Of course, there are on-the-nose moments because it's written for a family audience. Even still, it's a great watch. Let's break down the story elements.
Script coverage is for buyers not screenwriters. SAY WHAAATTT???
Every screenplay needs a resolution. No matter the format, the resolution is a crucial story element that completes the screenplay. But what is the resolution in a screenplay and how can you ensure that your screenplay has one? In this article, we are breaking down resolutions and discussing three core elements for effective resolutions.