The Villian

Just Another Brick

What is the Wall protecting r preventing you from doing?

The Wall may be preventing you from connecting with your higher self, your individuality, and God. If you become a Brick an interchangeable duplicate in the Wall man-made system, you run the risk of losing sight of your real purpose. As a Brick, you only have the function of performing the system’s goals which may be lacking.

Let’s look at the Fundamental Elements of Story Telling.

In Hollywood, a compelling story gets you into the producer’s room, and strong characters keep you there. Your villain must be strong!

Why? The conflict moves the story forward occurs through the external villain and internal demons. The villain must be a well-written, dangerous adversary. How will the treacherous villain sabotage the hero’s intentions? Movies like The China Syndrome, The Verdict, Blade Runner, and Nine to Five demonstrate the oppressive institution’s systems. Walls. The villain must be as complex and harrowing as the system he or she is personifying.

An element in PEACE LILY…

Sophia’s heroic struggle is against the external villain, Department of Veterans Affairs, a well-established system. Can she maintain her individuality or will she end up just another brick holding up the wall?

The villain is the assistant manager who works with the scene or boss. The boss is a terribly flawed individual supposedly sitting in the seat of power.

A “Brick in the Wall” is demonstrated by the villain’s cronies. These tools assist him in confronting the heroine. The associates seem to be the same character with different names and perform similar functions of evil like a Brick which eventually erects a Wall.

In the human story, we all face an important question when first entering the public domain and become an adult. Will we maintain our individuality or become another brick in the wall?

 

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Redemption

What do all of these films have in common?

The Shawshank Redemption
Casablanca
On the Waterfront
Juno
The African Queen
Toy Story
Jaws
Tender Mercies
Field of Dreams
Erin Brockovich
Rocky
Rain Man
The Natural
Tootsie
Saving Private Ryan
An Officer & a Gentleman
Jerry Maguire
Secretariat

That’s right. Redemption –

Themes of hope and redemption are popular with audiences, the Academy and critics alike. If you want a universal appeal, you’d be wise to include some redemption at the end of your script. You will notice that the list above is not all Disney movies. Redemption is the human story, and it resonates inside us all.

PEACE LILY is a film about a young girl who redeems her self-confidence, faith, and hope in a world of uncertainty as she enters adulthood.

The protagonist confronts obstacles in her relationships, work, and spiritual beliefs to discover her strength, her identity and her true calling in life.

 

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The Brand StoryHome

…is in honor and memory of Tessa, my small Maltese born October 6, 1993, and passed away September 18, 2009.

I was considered the 3rd dog in Tessa’s pack. Her first master was the first dog, Tessa was the second dog, and I was the third dog. No matter what I’d do to gain respect or position in Tessa’s eyes… I was “ the third dog.” She was so adorable and such a character. I caved to her demands…and she was very demanding…which brought me joy and contentment. Her demands were begging for food and sitting on my lap.

Tessa had a few quirky personality traits based on her past…growing up in a less than ideal environment thrown into the backyard with two Dobermans to fend for herself. She was about 3 pounds at that time the runt and a spitfire. Not far from being a replica of me….she made me smile with joy at her attitude.

Quite the problem solver

She also liked mischief and got herself into some severe problems. Like the time she discovered chocolate candy on the coffee table and laid in wait for her moment to snatch the candy bars run upstairs and hide them under the bed until nightfall. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a banging noise. It was Tessa banging her water bowl against the metal stairs to get my attention. I soon discovered several empty candy wrappers, piles of vomit everywhere, and Tessa hitting the bowl. It is unbelievable that she survived that terrible episode eating more candy bars than I could… at one time!

Filled with inspiration

She will always be my inspiration and a reminder of perfection.

As I emerged in the second half of my journey as a storyteller, launched myself into the world of screenwriting, and left behind an entirely different phase of my life, I also had to let go of my friend…my companion my little spitfire Tessa.

I will forever be the 3rd dog.