2 years ago
JonPatrickHyde
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Re-Entry
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Re-entry is the term used by the Veteran's Administration to describe the process that a soldier experiences when returning to civilian life. My father is a Vietnam Veteran and was wounded in combat. For him, like many veterans, the emotional and psychological trauma they experience during combat can often be much more difficult to recover from than any physical wounds. I wanted to tell a story that showed re-entry back into civilian life for some is not only about coping with having survived war; it is for some about having to learn to live with disabilities that change every aspect of their life and the lives of those around them. Written, shot, and edited in 3 days this film stars @falcon4daisy as my wife and the coolest beach bum millionaire I know actually put a suit on to play my therapist. It goes along with something I believe firmly; we are the best architects of our own successes and failures; often the only difference is simply a choice - to succeed or fail. I hope you enjoy it!
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I thought this was really well filmed and the story was great. To be honest, I actually didn't like the ending. Yes it was heartwarming to see this vet overcome his struggle and relive past successes despite his injuries, but I think I personally would connect to something else more. Perhaps he could make artwork in a way that would not be so hindered by his current disability, showing that he could overcome his disability in a creative way. All that being said, I can't film, draw, or plan out a 3 minute video. Well done!
@TeamWaffles - great comment. And you are completely correct. That would be a much more satisfying end. The truth is when you are looking at modern story structure - you're actually looking at a series of principles created - written down as a guide - by the Greek philosopher Aristotle over 2000 years ago - we call this collections of observations he made about what makes a story connect with an audience, "The Poetics". Then there's Joseph Campbell's book, "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" - which lays out the main story archetypes and story structure referred to as "Mythic Structure" - which describes "The Hero's Journey". Campbell's work was adapted by Christopher Vogler to fit the narrative structure of film - with the classic mythic structure - hero's journey - broken down into a series of milestones or events that the "hero" must go through - all while encountering the other archetypical characters outlined in Campbell's work. George Lucas is one of the biggest subscribers to this structure, and Star Wars is a complete road map to Mythic Structure - step-by-step. The short of it is - the best stories - Aristotle, Campbell, and Vogler believe tell the story of a hero (or heroes) - protagonist(s) who live in their own world(s) (Luke living with his uncle and aunt) until they are thrust into conflict (the droids and the rebellion against the Empire) which changes their "ordinary world" in such a way that they can never return to it (his family murdered and his life changes). He embraces the call to action (leaving to Alderan with Obi-Wan - his mentor), he meets Han Solo (the trixter - is he a friend or not? we don't know until the end of the film) and Chewbacca. Their plan seems lost when the Death Star destroys Alderan and they are captured. But they discover the Princess (their original mission to help her is back in place). They rescue her and escape - but Obi-Wan is killed and Luke is lost once again. And their escape is only a temporary success for now the Death Star is moving to destroy the Rebel Base. Luke enlists to fight against overwhelming odds, faces his greatest enemy (himself - not Vader), learns to trust his instincts, is saved by Han who we know now is a truly a good guy, and saves the day. He comes out of the ordeal a changed person, truly having grown from boy to man, he's aware of a greater purpose than his former narrow view of the universe, and therefore he has reached an "inevitable, but unexpected" place for the end of the story. Other characters have also had arcs - Han, even Vader. The trick is that the hero needs to take you to an ending you didn't see coming, but you feel is truly a justified, organic direction for the story. The hints for what happens should be present all the way in the journey - set-ups and pay-offs. This is hard for most screenwriters to accomplish in 90-120 minutes. It's just as difficult to do it in 3. LOL. Because of the constraints of the 3 minute length, I just really didn't have the time to allow the story to breathe and develop organically. So I totally get what you are saying. It's a little - or a lot - too neatly packaged. We have a hero with a conflict - we don't fully understand it - but it's got to do with his combat experiences. He's got to overcome his obstacles and come out a different person. This has to be a choice - a moment of crisis where the hero sees their past and the path to their future and they have to let go of one to make it to the other. At that moment, the story is complete. For Luke it was when he turned off his targeting computer and took a leap of faith. One that EVERYTHING was riding on. My character had to decide that his disability didn't define him - that even without hands he could choose to be a complete person. That's not an easy concept to convey. I do like your suggestion. And if I take the story and flush it out to a longer or full-length film, that sort of device - where he has to improvise and learn a new way of approaching his old problems. This will be a very important element in making him a more realized, complete character. My character is actually based on another character from a full-length screenplay I've written - a war veteran who struggles with finding a purpose after leaving the military. But he doesn't have any disabilities such as the loss of his hands... he is more emotionally disabled. Thanks for the comment and for watching the video! And thank you for your suggestion!