OBSCURE BARVERY ( Read time 1:07)
Back in the day I had the opportunity to work on many TV and movie locations. And even though I “made my bones” in the music biz, I’ve always had a profound love, and a mountain of respect for the challenging movie making process. It’s a brave endeavor indeed to commit your time and talent to a project that could easily make or break your career in the first week of release. I also think it’s the epitome of synchronicity when a great crew is brought together with great actors, great directors, great composers and great screenwriters to tell a story worth telling. A story that leaves us contemplating the past, anticipating the future, and questioning and doubting whether we’ve made brave choices in our life, or just easy, simple ones. That’s why I love Les Miserables. It got me wondering if I’m making truly brave choices in my life. And no one was braver in that cast & crew than the director Tom Hooper. I was so impressed with the fact that even in the face of so much resistance from the investors, producers and actors, Hooper chose to have the actors sing while acting, (no lip-syncing). Not because he thought it would make good “box office,” on the contrary, simply because he thought it was the right thing to do—that it would expel bravery from the actors, and bring more passion and pathos to their performance. I thought that was such a brave risky move, for such a successful director. I’m sure you’ve seen it by now and have your own opinion, and I could rant on and on, however there was one line of dialog in the script, that really stuck with me and I thought I’d share it with you:
|Posted By Alan Vochec Is|
| creating idols |
Heroes and villains have a thing in common. - both come alive only post action making choice a command of consciousness.
|Posted By Aaron Wolfson|
| Indomitable Spirit |
When you make up your mind ahead of time, and have an indomitable spirit, the Universe must bow to your will.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Heroes Walk among Us |
Thank you Michael. I think it's great when we can find our own personal heroes...usually they don't appear to us as Superman, but more so as Clark Kent. It's these people , sometimes behind the scenes that really have "what it takes" Self-sacrifice like this, is what gives the opportunity for art to achieve its higher potential. When I found my hero, I married him:-)
|Posted By mark grove|
| Being Able To Take The Heat |
It's tough for people in any industry including music and acting to succeed. Most aren't willing to fail and grind it out. Anyone can make oodles of cash, but are you willing to do what's needed? I literally had to forgo making cash in music for many years before any bands too me seriously. Since I'm not a musician I recently gave away a bass guitar and practice amp I bought and gave it to a music club here in London that has a weekly jam night. No strings attached? Money, who cares? If you see things in the music and acting game as just making cash, you won't do what's needed. No I don't make a lot of cash in music, but it's what I love, and will do until I can't. What cha think?
|Posted By Ray Korona|
| Everyday Bravery |
In this regard, I highy recommend an independently released CD by Sarah Pirtle, "Everyday Bravery." It contains 19 songs that tell the stories of such amazingly brave "ordinary" people from all around the world. The tunes and music are very beautiful and moving as well. (sarahpirtle.com)
|Posted By Paul Rodgers|
| Great director |
Yes the characters we most love and admire in this tale were brave in their circumstances. The mother who works is fired and sells her teeth and hair and ultimately her soul for her child---is not a famous person but so noble in character. Risks taken on the high road by Jean Valjean inspire me to reach higher. As an aspiring director, I greatly admire Mr Hooper, going out on a limb by pulling out of the actors/characters their hearts' song, in the very moment we see it on the screen.
|Posted By John Tighe|
| Bravery |
Although I am a songwriter and not in the movie-making business, I appreciate the bravery you talk about---it also takes bravery not to write a "formula" song, but to allow the song to write itself in the spirit in which it is born.