New Thursday Edition to The Writing Bug: SCREENWORKS is about what works on screen! Join Trai Cartwright on a through-the-looking-glass exploration of the wonderful world of cinema. Part craft, part cinema studies, part fan-girl ravings and part Hollywood Insider!
Why? There are a million theories. It’s escapism from a high stress world, we’re born storytellers, it’s comfort “food” we remember from our youths, it’s how we learn about ourselves or pretend to be someone else entirely. My personal favorite is Roger Ebert’s posit that the speed of the film strip through the projector is at just the right cycles-per-second to trigger our brain’s pleasure zones. Literally – the flickering creates a meditative state. We’re being biologically manipulated to love movies.
Do you suppose the first filmmakers knew any of that when they started making films? No way. And yet, from the first moment a train came tearing across the screen, the audience bought in. In fact, half of them were so certain the train was real and about to leap into their laps, they fled the theater.
Film affects us. It’s a language everyone understands – we don’t require subtitles, summaries or reviewers to induce a love of a really great film. Across the world, we as a race are united through a love of visual storytelling: massive displays of emotional power, impossible action and unifying themes. That and Will Smith.
ScreenWorks is my tribute to the good times I’ve had watching, writing and making films. Because for me, there’s no better time to be had.
What are some of your favorite movies?
TRAI CARTWRIGHT is a 20-year entertainment industry veteran recently transplanted to Fort Collins. Currently, Trai is a writing consultant who teaches all kinds of writing across the Front Range for community colleges, writers groups and one-on-one. She oversees Fort Collins’s only teen writers critique group for NCW, and run the Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp summer program. To work with her, contact her through her website: www.craftwrite.com.