A SURREALISTIC FILM: Review by 3rd Dog Script

 

SYMP TRAILER 1

THE SYMPHONY: Check out the trailer above by clicking on the blue SYMP-TRAILER 1.

Do you like disturbed characters with dark fantasies that heighten your senses? Do surrealist films like Donnie Darko or Mulholland Dr. excite your intellectual curiosity?

If so, you will enjoy this dark, cerebral drama that uses the surrealist storytelling technique known as the exquisite corpse. The main character, Robin Zamora, literally becomes the instrument which produces the foreboding sounds of his unconscious in a quest to create a masterpiece that will be his legacy.

I was pleased with the spectacular performances by Robin Zamora, Bill Oberst Jr. and Marissa Merrill, who intricately bring these disturbed characters to life in the independent film The Symphony.

The creative process for writer/director, Michael LaPointe, is innovative as well as provocative. Michael LaPointe expands Andre Breton’s definition of Surrealism by exposing the heart of the surrealistic movement. From my perspective, at the heart of Surrealism lies the obvious question, why would a man want to unify the external reality of the senses to the inner world of the mind’s perceptions? What makes this revolutionary concept attractive?

Exquisite corpse is the technique used in Michael LaPointe’s creative process for The Symphony. If you view this technique as a metaphor, you will find an answer to the above question. A corpse or by definition, a fictitious thing or some no longer useful aspect of our mind brought to the forefront. As one externalizes the inner world of the elusive mind, something magical happens. There are consequences (con-sequences) that follow these actions. Reminiscent of the old parlor game called Consequences this technique, in the end, exposes the harsh tone or the poorly tuned instrument. Another familiar game “show” called Truth or Consequences reminds us of the full implications of the “game.” Man’s search for meaning includes identifying the false dissonance that produces those dramatic results versus the truth of the matter.

It is a revolutionary idea to evolve beyond the primitive thoughts and desires lurking around the dark recesses of our mind and to move forward. We must unmask the illusion.

Our unconscious mind brings expressions of life, art, death and the playful nature of the mind. Each of us must examine our truth and consequences to determine that delicate balance between the creative imagination and destructive elements of our dream world – a matter intimately connected to our soul. Michael LaPointe’s creative innovation, in my opinion, will prove to be a classic.

Add to watch list – This film will be on the festival circuit soon. You may find updates at Pointe Media: http:// www.pointemediaentertainment.com/

3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Banfield-Malone
© 2011

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The End

 

Have you written several fabulous endings to your script and still can’t decide on the one you’ll use?

So are you feeling a bit neurotic? Are you having separation anxiety thinking about choosing one ending and typing those final words – The End?

I fully understand this…and unfortunately… it is part of the script writing process.

After developing such an intense relationship to your characters don’t be surprised when finishing the script and letting it will be the hardest part of this process to face.

I suggest you follow the words of wisdom…

 

Choose the perfect ending, finish your script, and let it be!

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…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.