So, let’s just ‘tack back’ a little bit before we get started, like six posts back…
On December the 1st 2014 at approximately 1:59 AM, I updated my NaNoWriMo word count. I made it. 50,630 words.
I didn’t actually party though, went straight to sleep. But thank you, thank you. takes a bow Now the story is not actually finished yet. I got some rest and picked up on it the next week. Hopefully, I’ll keep at it cause life after the NaNoWriMo pump is already starting to get in the way, as life tends to do.
But before I get back to what I came for! Feliz Día de los Enamorados!
Hope everyone is enjoying it (and getting a room) with someone they love and who hopefully loves them back because that just makes it twice as spectacular!
So, while eh-hem taking a break on Facebook from writing, I saw a post from one of my past dance teachers of this trailer for ‘Desert Dancer’ and I immediately went to find it! Apparently, it hasn’t been released in the US yet but I need to see this movie!!!
Desert Dancer !! O.O !!!
What I love about it so far is that this is exactly the kind of dance story, and I have a few in the works, that I want to write. I know it’s based on a true story but I’ve noticed something about ‘dance’ movie stories in the media today.
So many of them are all about competitions and rivalry and dance groups facing off and competition and finals. It’s all about popping that move and making the audience roar and I feel like the purity of why people dance and the emotional bliss and conflict that can go in to and come out of it gets lost in all the hype. So many dance movies today just have the same old concept over and over again.
But this!! shuffles excitedly These are the kinds of dance movies I like to see! Where it’s just real people living their lives, life going on around them and they just happen to be dancers.
Dance movies should be about dancers, not just dancing – Travesaou
Even though it’s okay and sometimes necessary, the story doesn’t have to be about dancing or based around the dance world it just has to be about a dancer, how they navigate their world and how we see the world through their eyes.
Black Swan had a great amount of beautiful dancing but was essentially about the dancer who probably had a brain tumour of some kind to be getting all of those hallucinations. The movie was clearing more about her horrifying struggle for perfection than it was about the dancing itself and in that aspect, it hit the mark and was able to appeal to non-dancers as well which a great dance movie should do. pic @ blackswan.fanpop.com
What a lot of these shows fail to understand is that once you put a dancer in the mix they will interpret the ordinary world around them through dance and suddenly the ordinary world becomes the world of the dancer. You don’t have to fill it with endless competitions and ‘face-offs’ and rivalry and practices to make it a dancer’s movie.
The dancer makes it a dance movie and then you can incorporate any story in there around them, like in ‘The Mysterious Case of Benjamin Button’ or ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ or ‘Black Swan’ or ‘Shall We Dance?’ which were beautiful, intriguing stories that involved dancers as main or supporting characters but managed not to be suffocating, in your face, waving a flag ‘this is a dance movie in case you didn’t know’ kind of hype.
The moment you are more concerned with the character, the dancer, and their life more than the final dance scene, will they win or lose build-up, you’re heading down the path of not just maybe making a great dance movie but a great story as well. And I love great stories! And want to write great stories! So this movie was a lesson for me.
I know it is based on a true story so it is going to be different from a random crunchy-sweet Hollywood script, but I would hope my book plans for a dancer’s story would be equally intriguing as this. And that’s my long awaited writing update. Chao friends! Off I go again! Zing!
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