I’m so excited to be here as a guest chef! On today’s menu… the greatest excuse ever for vegging out and watching movies…
We all have favorite movies and movie scenes. Without fail, my favorite scenes are always filled with emotion. I can’t get them out of my mind and sometimes see them and hear them long after the movie has ended. Oh, the way he looked and sounded when she told him it was over!
One that was memorable to me was The Last Song. I loved the Southern setting, I’m a sucker for Nicholas Sparks, but mostly I loved Liam Hemsworth. Sure, I’m (technically) old enough to be his mama, but the boy can emote! And he happens to be about the age of my New Adult hero character, so he’s perfect. Also, his abs are yummy, and his eyes are gorgeous, but that’s a story for another day. Back to emoting!
A few months ago, when I was struggling to describe how my hero looked at my heroine, the way his face looked, what his body was doing, the way his voice broke, I thought I want him to look like Liam did in that scene of that movie. So I bought a used DVD at Moviestop and watched it. I studied how his eyes changed, the way his voice sounded, what his shoulders and hands were doing in the scene.
The movie, the characters, and the dialogue had nothing to do with the situation in my book, but the feel of it was the same, the emotion I wanted to convey was similar. And who’s better at converting telling—the written word in the form of a script—into showing—facial expressions and body language—than actors? My challenge is to reconstitute that demonstration of emotion back into words in a new situation, new scene, in a fresh new way.
Now I do that regularly. Need to write a bitter, angry retort? Rather than tick off my dear husband, I can go to a movie scene and see in living color what an angry man looks like as his emotions rise—what the veins in his neck are doing, his pupils, the set of his jaw and body. Then I can write my own unique description of what I see and apply it to my own story.
The next time you’re watching a movie when you should be writing, just relax. You’re doing emotional research.
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