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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Behind a Movie

Imagine you are sitting in a cinema and watching a movie at the moment. This movie is given 3 stars up by critics, starring handsome and beautiful and probably famous actors, too. You are enjoying the movie, impressed with the performance of the actors and also the scene setting. When you finish watching this movie and you think you want to recommend this movie to your friend, how would you tell your friend about this movie?

I believe you will say, "Hey dude, Al Pacino performed very well in this movie, he is such a great actor, and blah...blah...blah."

There is one thing we tend to forget when we're praising a movie, that is the crew behind the scene who work together to produce a successful movie. Among this crew, it is reasonable to say, a director, who is the first person to watch the movie scene by scene is one of the key people, if not the most important one, in creating an excellent movie.

A director sees a movie through the spectators' eyes and minds. It is useless to have a good movie script, good actors and a good cinematographer without an excellent director who can blend all elements into a great movie to watch. This doesn't mean good actors are not necessary as long as an excellent director is available to direct unexperienced performers.

In the eve of the 78th Oscar Annual Academy Awards, 5 names have been included in the "Best Director" nominations. Two out of these 5 nominees are among the best people in movie directing: Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee.

Steven Spielberg has been nominated in the Academy Awards for the 11th time, with two wins for Best Directing category; whereas Ang Lee is only his 3rd time, no win so far. For Ang Lee, this year becomes quite a hopeful year because his latest movie "Brokeback Mountain" has also been nominated for 7 other categories.

The Brokeback Mountain movie, which is based on a novel written by Annie Proulx, has surprised its own original author as she previously thought it would be impossible for a Taiwanese born bloke to direct a movie taken from 1960s sheepherding-cowboy era of the American society. But Ang eventually delivered it, even it surpassed Annie's expectation, as she put into her own words, the movie is even better than her imagination was when she wrote the novel.

Now, I have never watched the movie myself nor have I read the novel, but I think this is one of the evidences that people behind a movie can make imaginations become "realities"...at least in the movie.

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