Great stories are about
who stand for something
GREATER THAN THEMSELVES,
even if they don't know what they're doing,
but even more so if they do.
I just reread an old Reader's Digest article by John Culhane, Where Great Movies Come From. I don't think it told me, but it did suggest that the great movies (and stories) are about things bigger than the characters -- good value, and to achieve those noble intends sacrifices are welcome.
To quote Culhane:
Critically acclaimed, financially successful and widely honored films are about universal values, that reflect the basic good in people: hard work, self respect, love of family, friends, community and God.
'Such films show us,' says director Mark Rydell, 'how the individual can make a difference—in his own life and the lives of others. '
'One of their messages,' says John Avildsen (director of ROCKY), 'is that ordinary individuals are capable of extraordinary acts.'The article discusses four films that do this:
- CHARIOTS OF FIRE
- GANDHI, AND
- DRIVING MISS DAISY
I am hoping for more visionary investors who see the financial sense of relatively small independent films that can change hearts and be a box office success.
To do that, as writers, producers, and directors, we have to develop stories about characters that stand for something bigger than themselves, against all odds.