Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lost my voice...

i lost my voice. my throat was getting dry, there's sign yesterday. and this morning i woke up realizing my voice has gone... so i figure writing is my next solution. damn the bloody haze!

update...

school reopened, the kids are back to the circus, life is again full of endless classes, supervisions and meetings. but i guess it's time for me to step back to become an observer like before, i like to be a hunter and not otherwise.

many things happened/happen/happening recently, which got me again thinking and questioning about my next big move. after a short chat with Yasmin Ahmad over dinner yesterday, i suddenly relive my passion for filmmaking, yet again. i always like storytelling, i have tons of stories in my balding head urging to come out... but where is my passion? i'm waiting for a perfect timing, but i guess it will never be perfect. i just have to start somewhere.

Towards the end of the dinner, she asked, "what do you think constitutes good screenplay?" and it did sound like a test to me nonetheless. :) i was speechless, i struggled with my answer. being an educator, we have a syllabus to follow, we read books written by both academicians and industry people, and i don't think those are the answers to her. i know damn well about conflicts, characters, structures, climax, turn of events, subtext, context, whatevertext, blahblahblah! but the truth is, i was never fully convinced these are the ultimate answers to all screenplays.

perhaps i shall put it simply, "a good screenplay tells a story about people in an interesting way". and by no mean this statement is going to be conclusive, i'm still learning.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is cool to meet up yasmin ahmad and to have such a talk with her like that. sir, when will you arrange a talk for us by yasmin?

sir, of you got time, please visit www.dukunthemovie.com

facets of life said...

If you look closely,you just might find the answer here...

http://yasminthestoryteller.blogspot.com/2006/08/film-and-feeling.html

Teddy Beh said...

karin: thanks for reminding me of this article again. it's inspirational.
hope your idea for that competition would be good too! :)

no name: about the talk, depends. if got chance why not? shall see.

wenxuan said...

poor sir....lost his voice...
heehee...anyway, i like the way u describe how to judge a good screenplay...

cheers, sir, and hope u get wel soon...

P.S. sir, i will be waiting for u by 7am on monday...
dun forget "first come first serve"!

小丑 said...

yo..sir!

drink more water yo.

Anonymous said...

heard ur voice in AIFM,
good show, good thought,
Gambate~
looking forward to heard it again~

Vans

facets of life said...

Thank you for your input Mr.Beh (or should I say Teddy Beh?) ;)We appreciate your frank comment and suggestions, though I must say I remain optimistic of my "gross" idea.

Have fun in Korea!

yewmiin said...

sir,have you watch the local movie "rain dog"? any comment? coz i dun really get the meaning=.="
anyway...where are the rest of the comments of our PSA??

p/s: take care la~

Teddy Beh said...

yewmiin: i have managed to catch "rain dog" during its premiere in midvalley. a good film indeed. you don't have to know the meaning, sometimes a movie could be just about the feeling, and everyone can have their own interpretion of the story.

karin: you are most welcomed.

vans: i was terrible in that programme. will write about that later.

Anonymous said...

haha, dont worry, you are great!
and i manage to catch back the feeling while you teach us, you r gaven the similiar opinion.
so we can "refresh".

about rain dog, i watch it already,
yes, it's a great film and even my fren love the film so much.
looking forward your view about rain dog!

vans