Monday, December 28, 2009
Why I like the movies...
Okay. I just came back from watching AVATAR in theatres now, and guess what? I thought it was awesome. Really. Really awesome. The cinematography, the storyline, and the script all came together in a near-perfect union and created an amazing visual treat and an amazing film. But whilst I was watching the film, I thought of how much I love the movies and the film-making process in general.
There is something about good films that makes me feel inside the action, that makes me feel as if I was apart of the film itself. And note that I said "good" films. I recently saw INVICTUS starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, and the same emotions were not felt. Hahaha, then again, I am quite biased towards films about "Africa" and the plight of "Africans". I found myself continuously rolling my eyes over how staged and sappy the film was. In fact, I'll digress a little bit later on this bias of mine towards films about countries in the mother-land.
But back to AVATAR. The same way I felt watching the film is the same way I feel when I'm on stage performing. Acting is something I love. Something I really, really love. However, as beloved as it is, I understand that a career in the field is a little far-fetched. But you don't know how many times I have been told: "YOU HAVE TO BE A DRAMA/THEATRE MAJOR!" Honestly, when I say that acting is almost something innate inside of me, it really is. And watching AVATAR only makes my thirst stronger. Its not that I necessarily want to be a film actor. But just the opportunity of performing for the pleasure of the audience and for one's own enjoyment is something so desirable to me.
I don't know. Even as much as I daydream about a possible acting career, I realize all the politics that are involved in films. Let's be honest. Race and gender are a wicked influence in both film and theatre acting. And being a black female doesn't help my plight. ;) We'll see. I was warned to focus on my actual major this semester than spend time at rehearsals for University theatre productions...but when I am more inclined to memorize the lines of a new play than memorize equations and formulas for chemistry class...I believe where I want to devote my time is clearly seen.