My movie project and Peele

I’m in between ideas as far as my final project. I wrote a 10-page screenplay this summer that can be considered a thriller/horror but I’m not sure if I want to film that one or one of two other ideas. I appreciate moments like these, which happen often. I generally hear people say they don’t know what to do, what to write, what to come up with. But I’m in a different crowd. Perhaps due to my enthusiasm—which I have generally about writing and creating a film—I can come up with stories easily. But I have always been able to do that. Although the question you may ask is: Are my ideas good ones?

Well, that is to be seen, or read. The bottom line is I’m excited about the making of a horror film for this class (this writer/director/professor in particular) and the feeling cannot be extinguished. But I’m a cool kind of excited. Poised. Bubbling on the inside.

The visit from Jordan Peele this week was an important one. Firstly, I’m proud of the brotha for getting a nine-figure deal with Universal Pictures. Fresh. I’m proud of him for simply writing the outline for “Get Out” and pitching it, and for him sharing with me how it got made into a movie, and how, as he wrote it, he realized no one could direct it but him. Even though he was a first-time director, it did not deter him. The task would not deter me either. When I asked him how he pitched it and how long it took before it got picked up, he gave more than a simple answer: He gave the backstory, which I, as an aspiring filmmaker, appreciated.

He mentioned there were many No’s and nasty emails that came his way during his pitching season. Many studios did not get what he was doing or wanting to do or did not give a damn because they didn’t like the idea, period. But lo and behold, he won Best Original Screenplay for it. I wonder how those people feel about their nasty comments after his accolades. Perhaps they’re used to making mistakes like that and get over things quickly. Perhaps someone who handled his script was fired after rejecting or bashing it. Don’t know, but I wonder.

I remember going to the movie theater and seeing the trailer for “Get Out.” After it was over, the crowd went wild. Their response was amazing to me because I’d never seen a preview of a movie receive a response so anticipatory. They got it. And a Black man gave it. Right-on with the right-on.

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