Film Analysis Assignment (Roman Holiday) [MCOM 4731 & 6731/IFDI 5731 – Film Analysis Assignment]

For my screenwriting class, we had to write a film analysis paper for a film that was awarded or nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay.

Film Analysis Assignment

Due Date:  Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Students will choose a film from the list below and write a 3-5-page paper (single-spaced), discussing the important aspects of the film they chose to view for class.  Students are encouraged to choose a film they have not seen before, since the purpose of this assignment is to expand overall film knowledge.


The first portion of the paper will be dedicated to the identification and explanation of the following structural elements of the film:

  • Plot
  • Subplot(s)
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Theme
  • The film’s turning points (all seven turning points)
  • Setting (all four aspects)
  • The genre of the film


During the second portion of the paper, students are encouraged to analyze a film from their personal viewpoint.  Students should ask themselves questions such as, did you relate to the characters while you were watching the film?  Were you rooting for the protagonist?  Were there believable character arcs throughout the entire film for the main characters?


Throughout the entire paper, students are expected to make a thorough analysis of the film; therefore, it may be necessary to view the film more than once.


Below are the films you may choose from:

The Godfather

The Godfather, Part II

When Harry Met Sally

The Verdict

All the President’s Men

The Graduate

Roman Holiday

Singin’ In the Rain

Dead Poets Society

Good Will Hunting


Ellis Sutton

MCOM 4731 & 6731/IFDI 5731 –

Film Analysis Assignment


For this analysis, I watched the debut performance of a graceful, talented, and generous actress, the late Audrey Hepburn.  It was Roman Holiday.  This film won several Academy Awards including Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn and Best Story (At the time, the awards for story and screenplay were two separate awards) for Dalton Trumbo (Ian McLellan Hunter who wrote the screenplay along with John Dighton, and who was nominated for writing it along with him was credited for the story accepted the Best Story Oscar because Trumbo was part of the Hollywood Blacklist, and therefore, could not be credited; Trumbo would, in later years, eventually be credited for winning the award, and in 1983, his widow was given the Oscar that was rightfully his and should have been awarded to him in the first place).

The film focuses on a Princess Ann, who is the princess of an unspecified European country.  Ann is on a goodwill tour of various European capital cities, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, and currently, Rome.

Ann, however, is feeling very jaded and disenchanted with life as the member of a Royal family.  Her life is very choreographed.  She always has a packed schedule filled with dedicating buildings, meeting dignitaries, and attending balls where she has to dance with several of the male guests in attendance, and where she has to stand for a long time, in high heel shoes, to meet, greet, and shake hands with the various royal people in attendance.

At nighttime, Ann is very emotionally upset about her life, and how much she wishes it were normal.  She complains to her maid servant about how she hates her long nightgown, which covers her feet, and that she wishes she could wear pajamas, or even nothing at all, as some commoners are known to do.  Ann also dislikes her nightly bedtime meal of milk and crackers.  When Ann grows hysterical about the challenges of being a princess and royal life and not having the freedoms that are afforded to most commoners, her maid servant calls her doctor who gives her a sleeping pill to calm her down.

The pill does not, however, go into immediate effect,and Ann sneaks out of the palace where she is staying, for a chance at some freedom, if only for a temporary period of time.

Ann hides into truck that is carrying wine.  She exits the truck after leaving the palace grounds and is happy about her newfound freedom.  However, the sleeping pill goes into effect.  A newspaper reporter, Joe Bradley, finds her in an intoxicated daze as caused by the sleeping pill, and he takes her home so that she can have a comfortable place to sleep for the night.

The next day, there is panic of sorts because Ann is discovered to be missing.  The palace claims that she is ill, and they cancel a press conference that she was due to give.

Eventually, Joe realizes who Ann is.  He decides to use this development as an opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Ann.

When she wakes up, she is confused.  He explains what happened the previous night, and she says that her name is Anya.  After she bathes and gets dressed, Ann leaves Joe’s apartment.

Ann explores the city, with great joy; feeling the need to reinvent herself, she gets her haircut in a short style, and and she runs into Joe on the Spanish Steps.  The two spend a lot of time together throughout the day all over Rome, and they fall in love.

Eventually, the police officers sent by the place to locate Ann find them at a party.  One police officer tries to take Ann by force.  Joe gets involved and this leads a large fight breaking out.  Ann and Joe manage to escape.

Shortly afterwards, Ann tearfully says goodbye to Joe because she has to return to her life as a princess.

She returns to the palace, stating that she knows what her duties are, and that is why she returned.  Ann also asserts herself to her servants, something that she had never done before.

Joe decides not to do the story that he planned to write about Ann.

The next day, the palace holds the press conference which was cancelled due to her absence, the previous day.  Joe is in attendance.  They interact as princess and news reporter, and it is very clear to the audience that their time together has changed them forever and for the better and that they would never forget each other.



The protagonists of the film are Ann and Joe.  Ann is the protagonist, first and foremost, because she is one of the film’s main characters.  The film focuses on her desire to live the life she wants rather than the life she wants to live.  Joe is a secondary protagonist (deuteragonist) because he is the second most important character in the film.



An interesting part of the film is the fact the antagonist is not the type to be actively evil, necessarily.  The palace and its servants are Ann’s antagonists.  She does not see eye to eye with them.  She wants to have more freedom.  When Ann runs away from the palace, and they find out, they set out to find her.  Eventually, the police find her, and they try to take her by force.  While, this attempt is thwarted, Ann does go back to the police because she recognizes her duties as a princess.  She only left in the first place because she wanted to get away from all of her royal responsibilities and obligations for just a moment in time.



The theme of the film is about how people can become very dissatisfied about their lives, and how sometimes, they simply need to take a break from everything just to feel alive again and to put things into perspective.  Ann gets a chance to be normal for a day.  But she realizes that she has to go back to her own life, and nonetheless, she appreciates that.

The film’s secondary theme is in how people can see other people as a pawn to be used only for one’s own purposes, only to change their mind as they get to know the person.  Joe, when he finds out who Ann is, decides to get an exclusive interview with her.  However, the day they spend together causes him to develop a true level of respect for her, and therefore, he decides not to write the story, because he understands what her struggles are; it would completely wrong to exploit her.


The Film’s Turning points (All Seven Turning Points)

I will now talk about the seven turning points in Roman Holiday.


The Back Story

Princess Ann is the prince of a European country, whose name is never mentioned in the film, let alone mentioned.  She has been to other European capital cities as part of a goodwill tour, and now Ann in is Rome.  She feels trapped by the demands of being royal, and she longs for freedom that is afforded to most commoners.


The Catalyst

At night, Ann complains to her servants about her plight.  When she grows belligerent, they call her doctor who gives her a sleeping pill to calm down.  Ann calms down to a point, and when her servants and doctor leave her room, she sneaks out of the palace.


The Big Event

Ann, in a drugged stupor, falls asleep outside.  She is found by Joe Bradley, and he takes her to his apartment so that she can have a comfortable place to sleep for the night.  The next day, he finds out who she is when it is announced that Princess Ann is ill, and cannot give a press conference.  He decides to get an exclusive interview from Ann.


The Midpoint

After Ann, wakes up, she thanks Joe for his kindness, and she leaves to explore the city of Rome by herself, enjoying herself in the process.  She runs into Joe, and they spend lots of time together, falling in love as well.


The Crisis

The palace has gotten the police involved to locate Ann and bring her back to the party.  


The Climax

At a riverside party, the police find Ann, and they try to take her by force.  Joe and his photographer, Irving, intervene, and this ensues in a huge fight breaking out, and Ann, Joe, and Irving escaping.

The Realization

Ann realizes that she has to return to her old life.  She bids a heartfelt farewell to Joe.  She asserts herself to her servants when she returns, recognizing her duties as a princess.  At the press conference, the next day, Ann meets Joe, who ask her a few questions, and it is clear that they have both changed as a result of their time together.



In this section, I will depict the four elements of the film’s setting.



The film is set almost entirely in Rome, Italy.  Several Roman landmarks are featured in the film including the Spanish Steps and the Mouth of Truth.  This shows how the city of Rome is very much a character in the film, given how many of the famous landmarks of Rome are prominently featured throughout the entire duration of the film.  If set in any of the other cities that Ann visited such as Amsterdam, London,or Paris, things would have been very different.


Time Period

The film is set during the early 1950s.  The time periods is not a huge part of the film.  But it does depict some of the values of the time such as how women often have little to no agency.


The Genre of the Film

The film is a romantic comedy with some dramatic elements.  The main plot of the film focuses on the relationship between Ann and Joe who eventually fall in love with each other.  There are also numerous comedic scenes such as when Ann is very groggy from the sleeping pill, and acts extremely awkwardly and clumsy.  There is also the scene where Ann and Joe are at the Mouth of Truth.  Joe puts his hand in the mouth, and he acts like it was bitten off.  Ann is extremely horrified, and Joe reveals that he was simply playing around with her.  There is also drama such when Joe and Ann part ways because Ann has to return to her royal life.  The final scene, depicting the press conference lacks any sort of comedy.  It is a calm and serious moment.


My Own Views of the Film

This film just okay in my humble opinion.  The story is rather simple.  It is all about how the royal life is not all fun and games, but a job that has great demands and very little freedom.  I did find Ann sympathetic to a point because I can understand being bored with one’s life and wanting to shake things up, even if only for short period of time (I feel that way every single day).  However, there is this part of me that despite the fact that Ann lacks certain privileges that commoners have, she still has privileges that most commoners do not have.

I don’t find the majority of the supporting characters interesting other than Joe.  They seemed kind of superflous which is odd because they logically do have something to add to the story.  They did not have the most memorable personalities, and if I were writing this film, I would like to think

However, I suppose that the rest of the film was okay.  Inoffensive and light, but not one of my favorites.  It had some funny moments, and Ann and Joe’s separation was heartfelt.  But this film seemed rather bland a lot of the time.  I personally preferred some other films that Hepburn appeared in such as Sabrina, The Children’s Hour and My Fair Lady (what little I have seen of it).

Chicago International Film Festival: Tir (MCOM 4731 / 6731 & IFDI 5731: Screenwriting Critical Viewing Assignment)

For my screenwriting class, we had to attend the Chicago International Film Festival and write a paper on our experiences there.

MCOM 4731 / 6731 & IFDI 5731: Screenwriting

Critical Viewing Assignment – Due: October 29th

Part of the fun of bring a filmmaker is that you’re expected to watch A LOT of films.  It’s no different in this class, as one of your assignments is to view and critique a recent narrative film.


We are very lucky to live in the city we do, as film is a very appreciated art form in

Chicago. An example of this appreciation is the Chicago International Film Festival that is being held at the AMC Theatres (River East), from October 9th – October 23rd. You are expected to view one narrative film that is being shown as a part of the film festival. Please be aware that the tickets to the film festival sell out fast, so it’s highly recommended that you buy your tickets ahead of time.


Your paper should be 2-3 pages long (single-spaced) and should include the following elements:

  • A summary of the film and it’s structure – what was the film about, who the main characters were, etc.
  • Obvious production elements (shooting techniques, editing style, etc.)
  • Character Analysis – were the characters within the film interesting, was it an active or inactive protagonist, was the antagonist superior to the protagonist, did the characters have interesting relationships with the supplemental characters within the film, etc.
  • Personal reflection on your experience watching the film – would you recommend it to a friend, did you gain something from watching it, etc.
  • And finally, what was your impression of the film festival? Did you enjoy the overall experience? Would you attend the film festival again?


The website for the Chicago International Film Festival is the following:


Ellis Sutton

MCOM 4731 / 6731 & IFDI 5731: Screenwriting

Critical Viewing Assignment


On Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM, I went to the Chicago International Film Festival at the AMC River East 21 theater to see the movie Tir.  It focuses on two men: Branko and Maki.  They are truck drivers who take turns driving a freight truck all over the continent of Europe.  The film is an Italian-Croatian co-production, and it is spoken in the Croatian, Italian, and Slovenian languages.

Branko struggles with this job because it requires him to be away from home from his wife Isa for what appears to be many weeks and maybe a few months at a time.  He was a teacher back home, but changed careers in order to preserve his family’s financial security.  Not only that, working as a truck driver enables him to earn three times more money than he could earn working as a teacher.  Maki’s role in the film is as Branko’s friend.

It is difficult to discuss the film’s plot.  That is mainly because this film does not have a plot.  It simply meanders about for around ninety minutes depicting things such as the two men driving, unloading cargo from the truck, Branko talking to his wife on the phone, and lots of things.  Nothing really made sense.  Things happened for no real reason.

Late in the film, Branko tries to park his truck somewhere, but he struggles to find a place because a large number of men are protesting, I assume, unfair working conditions and such for truck drivers.  However, I did not understand, precisely, why they were protesting or what they had to gain from it.  It simply made no sense.

The ending also does not make much sense, and it seems as though there is no real, true resolution.  Branko simply continues on with his job as a truck driver.  Earlier in the film, he received a call from his wife, letting him know that a teaching position opened up, and he could finally give up his job as a truck driver and come home, but he refused to take it because of money reasons.  On the one hand, I can understand his viewpoint because sometimes people have to do what they have to do rather than follow their hearts.  Branko seems to simply move on with his life as it already is, and he makes no changes.  He does not grow as a person, as far as I could tell.  He does the same thing at the end of the story as he did at the beginning of the story., and there seems to be no reason why that is the case; there is a lack of introspection and character insight to explain why Branko ends up in the exact same place that he was in the very beginning of the movie.

The look of the film was rather nice.  It looked lively during daytime scenes, and the look of the film always matched the mood of the scene.

Closeups were effective in conveying emotional scenes such as the phone conversations Branko had with his wife.  There were also several scenes where we saw the perspective of Branko or Maki driving the truck; in other words, it was a first-person view of the road.  There were also several beautiful shots of the expressways.

The theme of the film is about how people are often forced to choose give up their passions so that they can earn enough money to be financially stable.  The film, however, was not structured well enough to fully explore that theme.

With regards to my experience at the film festival, there was a bit of hassle.

First, I procrastinated.  I did not make plans to pick a film and go to the festival until the weekend before.  There did not seem to be much of a selection left, and therefore, I was somewhat concerned with there not being anything interesting to see.  Looking through the schedule days later, I learned that there were screenings of old, classic movies such as Psycho and A Star Is Born.  I would have loved to see films such as that on the big screen.

When I got to the theater I remarked to myself that it is how the film festival will be in a normal movie theater.  I figured that the reason was, perhaps, that while things are changing, the film industry in Chicago is not as strong as it is in New York City and, of course, Los Angeles.  Also, I was not aware of any famous people coming to the theater.

This was a special experience for me because this was the first time since Father’s Day 2010, when my family and I saw Toy Story 3.  Lack of money, time, and people willing to go with me prevented me from being able to see any movies until the CIFF.

I liked the theater.  It was the biggest one I had ever been in.  The individual screens were smaller than other theaters I got into.  A classmate was also there.

This is all I can say about my experience of the festival.  I hope to be able to do it again next year.




TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Missing Episode

This entry on TV Tropes is known as Missing Episode.  Given the site’s roots as discussing the narrative devices of TV, it’s obvious why this trope is called what it is.  However, as TV Tropes evolved to cover all media, this trope naturally was expanded to give all examples of media.

Missing Episode refers to the phenomena of an episode of a TV, or for that matter any work that is no longer publicly available.  There are a variety of reason why an episode might be missing.  One example could be that the content is considered offensive, such as due to racial insensitivity, violence, sexual content, and so on.  Another could be an episode that seems insensitive following a tragedy such as a natural disaster, mass shooting, or the like.  Others have to do with legal issues; the most common legal issue is TV shows that license music for the original run, and being unable to license it for reruns or home media distribution, and not releasing it in any form because changing or removing the music would ruin the episode.  Another reason is that the episode does not exist anymore.

To expand on that last point, many films from the beginning of cinema are lost forever.  Martin Scorcese’s Film Foundation, an organization devoted to film preservation, estimates that over 90% of films from the silent and early sound eras are lost.  Even some of the the most popular actors of the time have most or all of their filmographies lost. The reasons are diverse.  First of all, many studios assumed that the film lost value after their theatrical runs ended.  In a world before theatrical reissues, TV broadcasts, and home media, few to no people assumed people would decades later, let alone the follow year, would want to see them; therefore, studios would simply discard or destroy the films, especially if they lacked the money to store them.  Not only that, films were shot on film stock made of nitrate, which was flammable and fragile and would disintigrate or catch fire if they were not properly stored; it didn’t help that studios would intentionally destroy the films to take financial advantage of the silver therein.  Another reason is that many early sound films used a sound-on-disc system.  If the discs became lost or damages, the films would be considered worthless and discarded.

However, some films even if they did survive, are lost in their original forms.  Often scenes would be cut out before original release or before reissues, and discarded and/or destroyed.

My favorite movie Fantasia is lost in its original form.  It was originally released as a roadshow engagement at the length of 124 minutes.  After the financial failure of that released, it was rereleased in standard theaters recut to 81 minutes, removing the Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor segment, and all of the introductions by Deems Taylor.  Later releases restored the Tocatta, but Taylor’s introductions were kept to a minimum.  In 2000, for the film’s 60th anniversary, All of Taylor’s interstitials were restored, but audio tracks were damaged beyond use; voice actor Corey Burton was hired to redub Taylor’s dialogue.

A Star is Born (1954) is partially lost.   It had a test screening at a runtime of 196 minutes.  It was cut down to 181 minutes for the premiere.  However, theaters complained about the length, saying it would limit showing, and therefore, profits.  As a result, Warner Bros. cut the film to 154 minutes.  Director George Cukor and star Judy Garland were outraged.  Cukor refused to see the film again, saying that it hurt to watch the recut version.  Garland claimed that the fact that several crucial scenes were cut, lead to her losing the Oscar for Best Actress.   Ironically, this attempt to increase profitability lead to the film losing money.   In 1981, a restoration proved partially successful, extending the length to 176 minutes, and replacing lost scenes that couldn’t be found with photos of the scenes being shot, to give an idea of what they would have looked like.

Many American soap opera episodes are lost, as the owners of them did not preserve them.  It was not until the middle of the 1970s, that they began preserving the episodes.  The exceptions are Dark Shadows, which has only one lost episode, and Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless, which have preserved all of their episodes before it was common to do so.

Many talks show and game show episodes are lost because the tapes were reused, due to videotape being very expensive.  This practice ended in the late 1970s.

The BBC is famous for discarding many of their programs.  This practice is known as wiping.  It was not until 1978, that they developed a policy of preserving all their material.  The reasons were varied, but included issues such as cost, making room for new programs, and deals with talent unions to limit or forbid reruns from talent unions on the rationale that reruns might put them out of business.  The most famous examples of this policy is Doctor Who.  Many early episodes are lost forever, but occasionally, lost episodes did turn up.

With regard to anime, many episodes are missing often because of content reasons, that are offensive to Western sensibilities or deemed inappropriate for children.  One anime series is, however, lost in its original form because of of changes made when it was imported for dubbing in America.  That would be Astro Boy.  Adter NBC recut the episodes, they offered to send the original film elements back the rights holders in Japan; the studio, however, refused to accept them because of financial issues, and they told NBC to do whatever it is that they do with film elements that they can’t or don’t want to keep.  NBC discarded them, and now all versions of the show are made from NBC’s version.

I even have a lost film of my own.  In 1999, me, my brother, my sister, and my father created a short film called The Giant Pikachu.  I lost the VHS tape is was saved on.

Report on Food, Inc.

I did this report on Food, Inc. for my documentary film class. 


Food, Inc. talks about how large factories and corporations have changed the food industry, and not necessarily for the better


The twentieth century brought several revolutions in the service of food.


In the 1930’s, car hops were introduced. Customers would drive to restaurant, order their meals, and waiters/waitresses would bring them their meals.


McDonald’s restaurants invented a factory-like system of preparing and serving food. Each employee would be required to do only one thing like cook the burgers, or put toppings on the burger buns. This allowed them to prepare large amounts of food in a short amount of time at a small cost.


In the 1970’s 50 percent of food in grocery stores came from four companies. By the time the documentary was made, that number jumped to 80 percent.


Farms began breeding chickens to grow faster and larger so that more of them could be slaughtered and sold as food. Cows were fed corn in order to get them to grow larger and fatter. This served to maximize profits.


Later on, the farm industry ended up largely under the control of food corporations. Farmers entered into contracts with these companies. The companies then provide the equipment to produce food. Animals such as chickens and cows are often kept in large buildings where huge numbers of them have to exist together in a rather unsanitary and inhumane environment, often having to literally live within their own bodily wastes.


This, however, led to unintended consequences.


Cows who are fed corn produce E. coli in their digestive tracts because their bodies are not biologically programmed to eat corn; they are supposed to eat grass. The unsanitary conditions that animals are kept in from the farms to the slaughterhouses resulted in E. coli occasionally ending up in restaurants and supermarkets. The fact that there are now only 13 slaughterhouses in all of America does not help the matters due to the fact that the factories are so large that it is very hard to prevent the spread of bacteria. The small number of factories also increases the odds of contamination and outbreaks of contamination. In addition, a single, for example, hamburger may be made from several different cows, also increasing the odds of contamination


There have been several cases of people falling ill with food.


One case is that of Kevin Kowalczyk. Barbara Kowalczyk’s two-and-a-half year old son Kevin died of food-poisoning after eating a burger made of contaminated beef.


The beef was not recalled until after his tragic, untimely death. Due to lawsuits from the food industry, the USDA lost the ability to perform inspections of food factories and slaughterhouses and shut them down if they are consistently unable to prevent contaminations.Now, Kowalczyk is lobbying the Federal government to hold food companies accountable for ensuring food safety. “Kevin’s Law” was introduced in Congress to once again allow the USDA to shut food plants that keep on producing meat that is infected. At the time of the production of the documentary, the bill was six years old and due to lobbying from food corporations, still remained unpassed. She shares the pain of her son’s death so that other people will not have to go through the same thing.


More Health Concerns Caused by the Food Industry:


The Gonzalez family consists of a husband, a wife, and two teenage daughters. They struggle with their diets.? Due to their work schedules, they have no time to cook. Not only that, they can barely afford to buy healthy foods from the supermarket. Mrs. Gonzalez’s husband is diabetic, and she fears that he could go blind and lose his ability to help provide for the family. They also struggle with whether to pay for his Mr. Gonzalez’s medication or healthy foods. Therefore, the Gonzalez family has to buy fast food in order to eat. Their older daughter is scared for her father and her younger sister as well due to their diet. Their older daughter attended a teen health summit to talk about health issues that her community faces. Nearly all of the participants in the summit said that they have at least one relative with diabetes, many at least three.


The reason why fast food, candy, soda, and the like are so inexpensive in comparison to fruits and vegetables is because they make use of ingredients that the government heavily subsidizes: wheat, corn, and soybeans. This is why low-income people are more likely to be overweight and obese; they often cannot afford healthy foods. This low cost of unhealthy foods has led to more and more people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Not only that, more and more CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS are being diagnosed with the disease. At this rate, one third of all Americans born after the year 200 will develop diabetes. Minority Americans will suffer diabetes at rate of 50%.


What Can WE Do About This?


We might think we are powerless, but we are not.
We have to CHOOSE to make the food industry better.
We must only elect officials who are more concerned with the interests of the American people than with the Interests of the food corporations
We need to only support companies that treat animals humanely, workers respectfully, and the environment safely.
Purchase only food that are in-season
Purchase organic foods.
Read Labels and know what you are eating.
Purchase locally grown food.
Visit farmer’s markets.
Grow your own food.
Ask schools to provide healthy lunches.
Hold the government accountable for holding the food industry accountable for keeping food safe.
The director’s goal in the making the film was to expose the unethical, if dangerous practices in the food industry in hopes of inspiring change.


The style is rather diverse. There is some of use of animated diagrams to give statistical information. Most of it involves people in the food industry, farmers and average, every-day Americans who are affected by the issue. There is testimony from a farmer who was once contracted to provide food for a large food company. There is also testimony from scientists who talk about the issues surrounding modern food production. The film also has a personal touch with the aforementioned stories of Barbara Kowalczyk losing her young son Kevin to food-poisoning and her quest for change and the Gonzalez family whose income is having a negative impact on their attempts to be healthy.


As mentioned above, the film offers several suggestions that normal people can take to inspire change in the food industry.


A new direction

Hello, all.

About two years I created several blogs on here and on Blogspot/Blogger, Tumblr and the now defunct Posterous.  I was not sure what to blog about or where.  I just randomly blogged about what I was feeling at the given time and then I sort of abandoned it, not being able to come up with anything interesting to post about.

Then in the middle of August, my younger sister suggest that I create a blog devoted to my own interests in education.  She had created her own blog talking about her own interests of video games and anime, and therefore, she felt that I should do the same thing with respect to my own interests.  I created an experimental blog post, but I still was unsure of where to to post it.  I thought that I should try several blogging sites and post to all of them; however, through advice from my sister and various Internet searches, I finally concluded that WordPress is the way to go.  It is easy to share to various social media and blog sites (thought not necessarily to all the ones most people use, however; posting to Blogspot/Blogger would require more effort than I am willing to expend as it requires the use complicated plug-ins from WordPress).

Now that my issue of where to blog is resolved, I have now decided to blog about entertainment.  Specifically, I will talk about TV, film, and books.  Occasionally I might discuss other things like music or other topics I am interested in.

Every since I was young, I was entranced by TV and film.  I pretended to make my own with my imagination and toys.  I even played games with my sister and brother and pretended they were TV shows.  I was constantly coming up with ideas of what make as a TV show or a movie.  I have so many ideas in my head.

Eventually I began writing them down.  However, I was only a beginner at the time.  My skills are not very good.  However, with all things, practice makes perfect.

More recently however, I became interested in books.  I imagined writing books.  It seemed weird to me to imagine being both a filmmaker and an author; however, that may not necessarily be a bad idea.  I have read several websites advising screenwriters with unsold screenplays to consider turning them into novels; the rationale is that if one idea does catch attention in one medium, then perhaps it can work in another medium.  This fall, I re-wrote one of my short films into a short story.  I enjoyed the process, and I will definitely attempt that in the future.  I am attached to my ideas, and I feel that they should be expressed in some way, in some manner, somehow.

To sum things up, this is the direction I will take this blog.  I hope all of you enjoy it, and look forward to some exciting stuff real soon.