It took me years to realize that wanted to become a director. As a child, I was enamored by shows such as The Last Airbender, Charmed, and Supernatural. I could never forget how movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight, and Pan’s Labyrinth made me feel. Books like The Spiderwick Chronicles and Artemis Fowl took my mind to new worlds. Anything with a fantastical spark captured my interest. Although science fiction and fantasy stories were some of my favorites growing up it had never occurred to me that I ever could ever one day create such stories. That all changed for me the day my mom’s roommate rediscovered an old composition notebook.
Inside that notebook was a world filled with gods and demigods and monsters written pre-Percy Jackson novels. She would read her stories to my sister and I chapter by chapter and we would eagerly wait to hear more and more each and every night. She was a normal person but had what I saw as an extraordinary gift, the gift of creating new worlds. It was this woman who inspired me to become a writer.
Over the course of my elementary school years, I would try my hand at writing my own novel and short stories as best I could. I remember wanting someone to one day turn my book into a movie like Harry Potter, and it was my stepfather who inspired me to take it a step further.
Now the only stories my stepfather liked to read where urban fiction, and what he called romance novels so getting him to read one of my short stories was a difficult task. I remembered him telling me that if I wanted my book to be turned into a movie then should just write for film and I took his advice to heart.
It took me a while to understand how to write for film and to learn more about the career path I thought I wanted. It paid off when during my last year in middle school I wrote my first screenplay. My mom, my dad, and my stepmom would read the script aloud to me give me some of the best feedback and criticism that any writer could have asked for. My friends who I based the stories I told from loved every bit of it, and even my sister who hates to be forced into reading anything finished it in one sitting.
It was the people closest to me who inspired and encouraged me to be a writer. My loved ones saw my talent and told me to keep pushing for more and that was an amazing feeling. During high school, I learned more and more about screenwriting and realized that once you sell a script or an idea, your creative input isn’t worth as much anymore. Take Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie which Joss Whedon sold vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series which he created and directed; two different interpretations of the same concept. Joss Whedon’s tv series was clearly the superior product because of his direct involvement. I don’t want to give someone the chance to distort or even worse destroy a story I create. The way to prevent that from happening is to be as involved in the filmmaking process as possible and what better way to be involved than to be the man behind the camera. This is why I want to become a director.
But why does any of this matter? What does any of this have to do with being a film critic? Well, my dream of becoming a filmmaker starts here at Infinity Critics. You must stand on the shoulders of giants in order to reach even greater heights. Reading books provides writers with an endless oasis of creativity from which to draw inspiration from and the same goes for watching films.
In order to make great films, I believe that I need to find inspiration from the creations of those who came before me. That is why I’m going back in time and working my way through cinematic history starting in 1902 with Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon. I have a lot of movies to watch but I’m only gonna create posts for about 2/5 movies on my list and my first post will be coming out Wednesday – February 21st, 2018. I have already been blessed with encouragement and inspiration from my loved ones and I hope that while on this self-education journey that great film pioneers will inspire me further. More importantly, I hope that you(the reader) will embark on this journey with me.