Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lights Camera Action

Someone, then a small-time film director, once told me that I ought to someday try out helming a movie. He said that my comics work could pass for a good storyboard, that I had a knack for choosing the right camera angles among other things, and all I needed to learn were the little technicalities behind the medium. He admitted that he didn't go to film school, but he found himself directing a handful of films later in his career.

I then remembered one of my comics heroes, Katsuhiro Otomo, who had let go of comics to pursue animation with such projects as Steamboy and Memories. And for a time I wondered if I could graduate from static to moving images with some ease.

Right now, I don't think so. I don't think I ever will. Not because of the technical aspects, but more of the level of collaboration it entails. I work better alone or in small groups. Put me in a position of directing a huge number of people, and I might just throw the towel in.

Another director, this time with a higher profile, once said that he looked forward to directing something I'd write, and I'd like to believe he said that with sincerity. Maybe screenwriting is an option for me, I don't know. I still have a lot of comics work (gunning for a quota) to do before I decide to move on, and I have to put a tight rein on this whole storycrafting thing. Because, honestly, threshing out stories can jog the noggin' quite violently.


gentle said...

yey to screenwriting kuya carl!! go! i really love how your stories (purgatory and zsazsa) told themselves through images. from start to end, panalo. i think you'll do well there, once you see yourself ready na. :) ako, i'm still starting with my craft, so i dunno where this will lead me.. if you've time, please visit my poetry blog. comments will be very much appreciated.. hehehe. :)

Anonymous said...


You would be in good company. Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa, were former Komikeros too, before they became legends in Cinema.

But you are right. In Comics making, you have complete control of your creation, while movie-making is a collective effort.


Carver said...

gentle... naku...dahan-dahan muna ako. :-) I don't consider myself a full blown writer pa naman. Sige, visit ako sa blog mo, pero am not a good judge of poetry eh.

Auggie... Yah... and far into the future pa 'yun. :-)


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