FORUMS: list search recent posts

Bob Gillen's Blog

COW Blogs : Bob Gillen's Blog

Jane Boursaw on The Film and TV Family Market

Enduring Storylines
There are storylines, Boursaw says, “… that hold up over time, because they’re things that people deal with in real life every day.” The best family films tell these stories in a way that kids and families can relate to.

Boursaw cites some common themes among family films:
 
•Doing what’s right, even if your peers make fun of you (How to Train Your Dragon)
•Working together to overcome an obstacle or achieve a goal (Toy Story)
•Relying on friends and family to get through life’s rough patches (Happy Feet Two)
•Pushing through, even when all hope seems lost (Arthur Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2)
•Finding an inner strength to persevere through a tragedy (Soul Surfer)
Taking the “good” path in the good vs. evil storyline (Harry Potter, Star Wars)

“One thing I’ve noticed,” she says, “is that the simpler storylines sometimes get short shrift in the family movie industry. There doesn’t always have to be a big, monumental storyline to make a great movie.”

READ MORE...



Posted by: Bob Gillen on Jan 25, 2012 at 1:29:15 pm

A Returning Marine’s Struggle with PTSD

Writer/director Nick Brennan’s latest film, A Marine’s Guide to Fishing, focuses on a Marine veteran struggling with both physical wounds and PTSD when he returns to his former life. “I was drawn to the story first and foremost by the realization that I couldn’t count a single close friend of mine that had served in Iraq or Afghanistan. It was a pretty sad realization given how long the wars had been going on.”

Brennan also thought this wasn’t unusual for many civilians today. His insight led him to use his senior thesis film (he attended NYU’s Tisch program) to explore the stories of young veterans.

“I was also interning with the investigative unit at ABC News at the time,” Brennan says, “and ended up covering a few big stories on Afghanistan, which gave me another insight into the war.” After a lot of time spent talking with vets, and with considerable research, Brennan zeroed in on the issues of PTSD and the process of reintegration into society.

READ MORE...



Posted by: Bob Gillen on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:00:20 pm



The Filmmaker Lifestyle Blog


Archives:

June 2016 (1)
October 2015 (1)
June 2015 (1)
May 2015 (1)
April 2015 (1)
February 2015 (2)
January 2015 (2)
December 2014 (1)
November 2014 (5)
October 2014 (1)
September 2014 (1)
August 2014 (1)
July 2014 (1)
June 2014 (1)
May 2014 (1)
April 2014 (2)
March 2014 (2)
February 2014 (2)
January 2014 (3)
December 2013 (2)
November 2013 (2)
October 2013 (1)
September 2013 (6)
August 2013 (5)
July 2013 (1)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (2)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (2)
February 2013 (1)
January 2013 (1)
December 2012 (1)
September 2012 (2)
August 2012 (3)
June 2012 (3)
May 2012 (1)
April 2012 (1)
March 2012 (1)
January 2012 (2)
December 2011 (2)
November 2011 (3)
October 2011 (2)
August 2011 (1)
June 2011 (2)
March 2011 (2)
February 2011 (1)
January 2011 (1)
December 2010 (2)
October 2010 (1)
September 2010 (2)
August 2010 (1)
July 2010 (1)


Tags:

show more
© 2019 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]