Cinema: (n) the production of movies as an art or industry.
“To date, I have written thirteen screenplays which have been produced into independent movies, receiving recognition at twenty-eight film festivals.”
This is a blurb.
It’s the kind of thing you stuff into an advertisement or resumé to let people know you have credentials.
Once it is stated or read, the person who has received the input immediately asks, “What movies? Would I know one?”
The answer is no–because I am not famous, rich, nor do I wield any power.
I do not say that with misgiving. I am so grateful being able to make my living doing what I like while also having the freedom to drive down to the local department store and move around in total anonymity.
But can I tell you? From my personal experience, the world of cinema is locked up tighter than a nun’s vagina.
It is filled with nepotism, red tape and a self-righteousness about art which often contends that the more bizarre the story line, the more realistic it becomes.
The budgets are overblown, the plot lines as thin as a Parisian model, and the resolutions are not geared for the edification of humankind.
So comically, the movies that make the most money in the world of cinema are G-rated–but the movies that are touted are usually R.
I have nothing against either genre. I have written in both.
But historically it has been the job of theater–in this case, cinema–to lift us as a people from our depression and make us believe in the higher good of the human race, which began as dust inhabited by the image of God.