You might be asking yourself “why does she write so often about movies?” That’s not the reason why she created this blog. To me, there are few differences–
“…In film, you are acting in front of a camera, and you need to speak in a normal voice. And onstage, you are in a sort of wooden box in front of people who are looking at you and you must speak more loudly. So that they can hear you.”
Christopher Durang. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. 27, Act I.
I’ve been mulling over this piece for a few months now but I feel that I’ve finally gotten it on lock in my head, bear with me as I write it out.
Production of shows and movies go through a similar, intensive experience to prepare for both filming and performing. Cast are cast, production staff are production staff. Yes, there are usually more light and sound operators in film (excluding the one exception of Spongebob, have you seen that show and all that goes into it?), but these persons dedicate their lives (no less) to a production. Scripts are similarly written, and sometimes are based on one another.
Consider the movie Heathers. Or, as previously mentioned, the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. How about The Rocky Horror Picture Show? And any production of Shakespeare (Hamlet, King Lear, the list goes on). These written stories are meant to be performed, to be seen, and to be enjoyed by both the audience and the production members. It almost doesn’t matter on which medium they are produced, so why would it matter which one I write about?
I am a self proclaimed movie nerd and I notice when they connect back to stories I have seen before, easter eggs I believe they are called. I think it is especially important to identify these themes when you notice them, not necessarily only for your own personal edification but for your peers and friends. I am often ear deep with my best friends having an in-depth, over-analytical conversation in regards to anticipated show announcements, potential changing casts, and impact of current/upcoming/finishing productions.
There’s so much going on in this type of entertainment, there’s really no line separating the two any more these days. Especially as actors find ways to cross between the two; for example: Bette Davis, Sutton Foster, Nathan Lane, Julia Roberts, etc. Acting abilities are no longer limited to one or the other type of medium. I think it’s great talented people (neither exclusive nor inclusive of the list provided above) are finding new ways to express themselves and stories they are passionate about.
Isn’t that what this craft is all about anyway? ‘Til next time.