Thursday, November 3, 2011

In Pursuit of a Different Path

I know I haven't posted here in a long time. I know that noone reads this anymore because I don't use it that often. At this point I don't really care if anyone reads this or not. This is for me and that is why I started this blog in the first place. Or maybe I did. It was probably both.

So what have I been up to? Well, I've always wanted to pursue writing and have taken a bunch of writing classes in college and have continued writing on and off since then. It was only until the summer that I realized that I want to pursue a career in screenwriting. Why? Because I feel ike I can express myself better when I'm writing stories rather than drawing some random thing that doesn't mean anything to me. I also have always been fascinated with film and like seeing things visually. I have a bunch of stories to tell and when I'm writing I feel like I am creating my own world. I don't quite feel that way when I'm drawing.

What happened was, I was still working on getting better at my foundation skills in illustration (anatomy, value, light, etc.) and started my own sketchbook on I was working hard not necessarily because it was something I loved and enjoyed. (I did to a certain extent) but I was mainly doing it for the wrong reasons. Basically, I was doing this so I could get a better job. It was really for getting more work. I kept pushing myself too much to a point where I honestly hated creating art. I felt that I wasn't making any progress and I wasn't improving on my weaknesses no matter how hard I tried. I eventually lost my passion for art. That's when I decided to change directions and actually do something I've always wanted to.

So far I've written two short screenplays. Both are dramas with some comedy thrown into them. I really like how my second short screenplay came out and I'm going to enter it in some contests and see what happens from there. I'm currently writing a feature screenplay called Bicurious. 

I honestly never pictured me doing this in my life but feel I have more of an instict for writing than I do with art. I'm not sure why but it "feels" right to me to be writing rather than drawing.

Will I give up art completely? I can't say no for sure. It has been something I've been doing most of my life and I still doodle occasionally.

The thing is...I don't have all the free time in the world. I'm at a point in my life where I really have to focus on something. I can't focus on more than one thing. Some people can but I can't. I only have around 2-3 hours of free time after work and I need to use my time wisely. Writing has had it's struggles, especially with screenwriting because there are a lot of rules and specific ways of formatting that I had to get used to but I feel like I've been getting the hang of it.

I'm taking baby steps for now. We'll see where this road takes me.


Ripper said...

Have fun, dude!

The good thing can do your own storyboards. If it was a good idea for Kurosawa, and Miyazaki still does it, I don't see any reason why you couldn't too. =]

Ian said...

Thanks! I'll keep you posted on where this journey will take me.