The Heart of a Film

I was recently moved by the discussion on the 7-14-12 episode of the KLRU PBS show “On Story.”  Caroline Thompson (of Edward Scissorhands) spoke of how powerful the experience of seeing a movie can be.  She still recalls a film experience from when she was three years old.  I have my own strong memories of certain movies of my youth.  I must have sat through Jaws at least a dozen times, which was a lot in pre-video, pre-DVD days.  I also dragged my cousin with me to see the obscure Disney movie, Treasure of Matecumbe, a gazillion times.  I don’t think many people out there remember that one, but I sure do!

Like John Lasseter explained on the show, it’s the heart of the film you remember long after you leave the theater.  For sure, it is a challenge for the screenwriter to achieve a film with true heart.  It reminds me of the Maya Angelou quote I love,People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did.  But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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