In a blog article that I wrote last year, I wrote what made an Academy Award-winning film – which resulted in yours truly getting an e-mail complaint in regards to said piece. And in truth, that complaint was well-founded, which proves that I’ve still got a lot to learn about constructive criticism, from both the writer and reader’s standpoint. Or, as the Book of Matthew pointed out: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” On the other hand, nobody’s perfect – not even the members of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences – especially when it comes to picking winners. Which probably explains why, with few exceptions, today’s box office blockbusters – especially those loved by both audiences and critics – hardly ever win any Oscars, unlike many of the film classics of the past.
I still hope to break into show business – which continues to get tougher every day, and especially in today’s entertainment climate. Of course, making it big in show business carries a number of potential risks – not unlike entering professional politics – the kind you want to avoid like the Bubonic Plague. For one thing, you might be at odds with actors, producers, directors, and other craftsmen who might not share your creative vision – and the same goes for studio executives and stockholders. Then, there’s the various vices and scandals resulting from them that can either stifle or ruin you and your career – and in many cases, no matter how many comebacks you make, the chances of your personal demons disappearing for good are dicey at best. The same applies to the career and personal decisions that’ll help either your career – or bring forth the scandals (and more) that’ll end it.
For me, if I do make it big as a screenwriter – I hope to avoid winning a Razzie Award (as in a Golden Raspberry Award, which are given to feature films that should have never been green-lighted by studio executives and conceived by producers and directors who should know better). The purpose of the Razzie Awards is to not only shame those who’ve made cinematic blunders, but also teach them a lesson – a lesson, I fear, that many will never learn, simply because profits means more to them than artistic integrity, just like the 1% have yet to learn that the financial crisis that’ve affected the world for the past few years is mostly their fault. (The same can also be applied to certain politicians who place their personal vanity above principles.) Of course, there may come a time when the Razzie Awards becomes a thing of the past, especially if an irate artist or filmmaker lashes out at its founders in ways that I won’t even mention (and for reasons that may not be appropriate).
I could write more – but you probably get the idea. I still haven’t given up my dream of working in Hollywood – if I did a long time ago, I’d be a far different (and more miserable) person today. But I’m hoping that I’ll avoid the mistakes made by those in today’s entertainment industry as well as those before – like, for example, the Transformers and Twilight films. (And let’s be honest – who’s going to remember them twenty to thirty years from now?)
P.S.: I’ve not only uploaded my latest video on YouTube, but also revamped my official website (complete with a new address, which is listed below). I strongly encourage you to check them out. – J.L.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name) , MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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