A Movie of My Making

         If I could create a movie, a movie from any book I would. Although I would not want just to be able to direct it, I would want to handle every detail of producing the movie from the actors chosen, the costumes and set design, special effects camera angles, musical score, and being able to direct the flow of a scene. Though the book I would choose is not a traditional literary work, it is a fantasy book by the title Servant of the Shard.

         I would choose this book because it is important for a person who wants to get as involved as I do into the movie to have intimate knowledge and a love for the original book. The book was about an assassin coming to terms with humanity set in a medieval fantasy world. It had many twist and turns. Much like in Elia Kazan's 1951 movie production of Tennessee Williams' 1847 A Streetcar Named Desire, casing the roles will be very important. My movie will require the actors to be as if not more believable than actors like Marlon Brando as Stanley or Kim Hunter as Stella.

         The casting choice for the two main characters in my movie will be a fairly difficult choice for the assassin whose name is Entre. I will need someone older yet in prime physical condition, someone like Bruce Willis; for the second choice I will need someone who looks young; but since an elf in the book can live for six or seven hundred years, this actor will need to exude the savvy of several hundred years. Johnny Depp, I believe would suite the role perfectly; especially if he can "do that voodoo that he do" in both movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, directed by Gore Verbinski in 2003 and 2006, he should more than easily be able to pull off the self-profiting mercenary leader. With today's special effects a green suit can be placed under his costume so that dark elf features can later be applied.

         The dark elf mercenary, Jaralax, and the assassin, Entre, are the two unwitting heroes of the story, now onto the casting of the three villains. The first two are dark elf mercenaries who used to work for Jaralax but decided they could lead better than he could. The first a wizard, I would cast with James Marsen, the same actor who did Cyclops in X-Men, directed in 2003 by Bryan Singer, though he would need to come off a little smarter and a bit more arrogant, but caring about the mercenary group. The second "bad guy" would be a dark elf warrior; he would need to be evil through and through; and, if I could I, would get a young Andy Griffin because he really could look evil back in his youth. However, if I have to stick to modern actors I would choose Keanu Reeves, the gentlemen who played Neo in The Matrix, directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski in 1999. I believe with the right practice and motivation he would make a good "bad guy."

         The third and final "bad guy" would be the Shard itself. I know that this may sound strange, but keep in mind it is a fantasy movie. Now the actor chosen for this role will not be actually ever on screen, but his voice will be heard. So in lieu of this, I would choose the Hugo Weaving, the voice actor for V, from the movie V for Vendetta. He will come on first as a whisper but as the magic that makes up the Shard gets a stronger hold on a person the voice will grow stronger. Just like in A Streetcar Named Desire, the actors are what bring the movie to life. If anyone else had played the role of Stanley the movie would have not had the same feel and probably not have been as good.

         Another important factor of a movie is its costumes and sets. Since my movie will be taking place in a major trading town in the desert, I will be wanting wide shots of the city and into the desert, much like in William Wyler's 1939 version of Emily Brontë's 1847 Wuthering Heights, where they would pan out and show the moors, and rolling hills, though I want my town to be alive with color and sounds while the desert will be flat and quiet. Though some scenes will be shot indoors and in the same location, I will shoot those scenes as was done in Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard's 1938 movie of George Bernard Shaw's 1913 Pygmalion, where a majority of the scenes were in Higgins' home but in various rooms. That is what I would like to do as well use several rooms but shot at different angles possibly even do what was done in Elia Kazan's 1951 cinematic treatment of Tennessee Williams' 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire, where the walls were moved closer together to symbolize the entrapment of Blanche (Vivien Leigh), but for my main characters. Along with the set design, the costumes will make or break a movie.

         The movies of A Streetcar Named Desire, Pygmalion, and Wuthering Heights all gave the proper feel for their costume design. Like they were wearing the proper clothing for the time frame they were in. My movie will also have to copy a medieval feel to it, though it will also have to be very colorful clothing to fit with the story.

         The final part of the movie would be musical score. Like with all the movies viewed in class there needs to be a musical score because it helps to build on the mood of the scene. A Streetcar Named Desire had a perfect musical score, by Alex North, that blended into the movie ever so well. Though, I would enjoy a loud and bold music during "epic" scenes as in Peter Jackson's three The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003). The entire musical score for my movie will be classical since that has worked so well in many other fantasy movies.

         The movie I will produce will borrow many ideas and feels from other movies; from actors, the scenes, costumes and musical scores. It is important to see how other successful producers created a wonderful vision of their movies, and to take advantage of their experience.

By Jacob Patton

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