A return from exile in Aberystwyth

I took a couple years "off" to write books and short stories, so I thought I'd re-introduce myself.

Yes, I love Shakespeare and Moliere, and spongebob and John Candy, but I'm sick of all the adaptations, remakes, and reboots in the cinema. I finally decided to start writing original screenplays again, ones not based on real life or any other "source" other than my imagination and warped view of the world.

Kids like my stuff, and the young at heart. I think JFK summed up why I choose some projects over others when he said why we go to the moon. I'm paraphrasing from memory.

"We choose to go to the moon (or to make eccentric, expressionist/surrealist comedy.) We don't choose the thing that is easy, but we choose what is hard. We choose it to test our skills, to expand what we can do, to go where no one has gone, not even that pointy eared fellow."

Okay, so that's not exactly what JFK said. Like I said, I'm not into remakes or adaptations. :) We choose to make original films because they are harder to make, because the fun of filmmaking (and of filmgoing) is the uncertainty, the challenge.

If you see film as a commodity, then you disagree. While I agree in Intellectual property, I hate the term "properties" when related to ideas. For crying out loud, kids can read a comic book if they want to see Superman. They have the old cartoons. We don't need yet another superman movie, or a hispanic superman, or archetypes, or consultants, instead we need to move things forward, to create new genres, to go to the moon. (Oh wait, we've already been to the moon.) We want to create new worlds, and new words, and new techniques, not just try out some cool technique you saw on youtube. (If someone can show you how to do it, it's already been done.)

That is why I'm going back to making films. To explore the unknown.

Chad Stroman

Welcome and good luck!

Vasco Phillip de Sousa


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