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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction

Posted by Ross

Maybe some SPOLIERS ahead...

The Bekka and I saw this followed by a Q&A with the writer Zach Helm. We both really enjoyed it. I guess one of the reasons we liked it so much was that it had tonal remnants of a lot films we've liked over the years like "Punch Drunk Love," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Adaptation," "I Heart Huckabees," "Science of Sleep," "Fight Club." And also my favorite Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast of Champions, with quite possibly my favorite of all literary devices in which our protagonist literally meets his maker.

I thought the interview ran a little long, and I sort of stopped being able to pay it my undivided attention and started doodling in my notebook toward the end, even though Zach Helm had a lot of great stuff to say. Bekka was sort of like, wow that guy's been really lucky. And I guess that's true, but I kept saying, he's just good. I mean I think he's lucky in that he's both found his voice and been able to channel that into his writing career. That, as far as I'm concerned, is the ultimate artistic achievement for a writer. Well, maybe the ultimate individual artistic achievement for a writer, as I would say the ultimate artistic achievement for a writer is to sustain a lengthy career out of channeling that aforementioned found voice.

The other thing about Zach Helm is he seems to really take his time writing his scripts, which is something I am personally working on. I mean, when I'm on assignment, part of the reason I'm hired is because I can write quickly. And I usually use this mentality when I'm writing my original stuff, and I think it suffers because of it. And also, I'm going to try writing non-sequentially like Helm does: when I have a good scene for my story I'll write it and then I'll just put the thing together like a puzzle.

I love when a movie like this gets made. It's so unconventional, breaks so many rules, and, at least in my case, inspires originality.


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