If you haven’t seen the 1976 version of King Kong starring Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges, and Charles Grodin, I’m not sure I want to know you. It is a masterpiece, and I choose to believe it might have really happened. Did I mention Jessica Lange? Bridges is a stowaway anthropologist, or primatologist/paleontologist hitching a ride on the Petrox Explorer out of Surabaya. Grodin, the best deadpan actor of his generation, plays the heavy, oil-lusting explorer bent on hitting it rich. Lange arrives courtesy of a secondary disaster.
In summary, they find an island, a rather large ape, and then everything goes downhill, but not until Bridges puts on display all the inner workings of a real pro photographer. Quit your job and watch it. But it got me thinking about story. I keep getting asked, “How do I find story ideas?” Well, I’ll tell you. It’s actually quite simple and something that all of us can do. It might require a bit of restructuring of your life or parts of your life, or it might require training at Rex Kwon Do. Either way, at least you now know about the greatest movie of all time.
I watched it recently, and it’s AMAZING how good it is NOW when reflecting back to the day I saw it when it first came out, and my thoughts were “it’s OKAY.” It probably was just “okay” when compared to everything else in the day… what we have today is a serious failure to communicate with reality/common sense/uncommon art/the heart of being. Although “Kong: Skull Island” had some great throwback moments and was worth watching.
I’ve not seen the Skull Island Kong but will have a look.
Sorry for the 2nd post, but you threw a wicked slider in there segueing into two divergent topics… plus this gives an opportunity to suggest something that you will be like… “I’m not interested in that.” My creativity had taken a nosedive over the last few years to the point that I had given up on being “creative.” Just didn’t give a fukc anymore. In January of this year, someone I know and trust – Steve Huff – suggested that I check out MidJourney – aka an on online A.I. graphic arts platform – that had reignited his zest to create. He posted some of his works, and I was blown away by what I witnessed… now here I am today, blown away by what I’ve created. Not just images, but stories, narratives, new projects, treatments, etc. My creative muscles/chops are stronger now than ever. If nothing else, failure to augment this tech into ones life/creative routine will not turn out well. It’s still an art medium that requires artistic vision/thought to produce great works. Just saying.
Lots of people talking AI today. I’m fortunate in some odd way that I’ve been stifled with creating work over the past decade or so, so I am still ready to go at all times. Even wandering my property looking for birds.