Seeing that I need to take a step back and let my muse rest, Lorelle Blogging Challenge this week happens to be the perfect solution for the problem. Long have I equated my life to a story. Seeing that this blog is about the story of my life, it’s not so hard to turn it into a movie. Of course, movie adaptations of written works don’t always go down well, but what’s the difference when both are about the same thing anyway?
So hypothetically, if my blog was made into a movie, this is how it would go.
Set in a present time, “Footsteps in the Mirror” portrays the life of a brilliant but lonely young man (Edrei) as he struggles to find his place in the world around him. Film and narrated in first person, the film is played out as a neo-noir revolving around the thoughts and emotions Edrei goes through as he builds his identity in a dysfunctional world.
Assuming the alter-ego “Kamigoroshi” and living in a universe peppered with content thieves, trolls and spammers alike, Edrei constantly fights to build a name for himself as both an unique individual and an anti-hero that contrasts the mainstream society that values hypocritical and fundamentalistic ideals, and commercial dystopia.
While there are constant trials ahead, Edrei is accompanied by his cold, methodical, but otherwise comical partner (Melissa) who often distracts him from his thoughts with her antics and reminds the protagonist that he always has a choice other than his introspection. Edrei is also befriended by an enigmatic wise woman (ChickyBabe) and a mentor (Lorelle) whose words and stories are often a source of inspiration on the clouded road ahead.
The film also portrays his grotesque inner demons which serve as the character’s main antagonist. The narration of the story highlights both protagonist and antagonist in a battle against duality which cuts a clear line between sanity and insanity. The darkest points of the film reflect the times when Edrei loses control against the antagonist and spirals down into madness.
Despite the lack of any solid plot, “Footsteps in the Mirror” is a story with solid character development and introspective messages. The protagonist’s life is arranged as a series of “chapter” progressions as he develops relationships with the people around him and finds a measure of contentment and peace despite his ongoing struggle to climb his own personal ladder and escape his demons.
As the film progresses towards its climax, Edrei becomes more and more embroiled in his own inner demons who refuse to let him go. The film begins to revolve entirely around his own sanity where the viewers will begin to wonder whether what Edrei sees is real of in his own mind.
The end of the movie culminates with Edrei choosing a side to stand on. The original ending is to have Edrei choose the long road in which he succeeds in his goals but ends up walking the long and lonely road. The DVD director’s cut edition will feature an alternate ending where Edrei chooses to sacrifice his dreams with the possibility of finding peace with Mel. This however opens another possible ending to have Edrei have both his goals and peace at the same time, this final cut would combine doth the director’s cut and added scenes to the movie, however it depends on how well received the movie would be.
Is my life a form of entertainment? It could be. To anyone who’s found my blog funny, inspiring or even frightening, that’s no different than renting a movie on a Saturday night to pass the time. Could it really be turned into a movie? Well, if the Big Brother series can turn your average mundane and otherwise retarded individuals into 15 minute celebrities, why not be immortalize in a movie about yourself?
Movie plots based on your own life are easy. Like any autobiography, it’s not always what happened in your life that makes it interesting, it’s how the story is told. If anything, my life is as mundane and melancholic as Hemingway’s last years. Then again, he’s near legendary and not because he shot himself either.
I don’t know if people would actually pay money to watch a movie about me. It’s hard enough trying to convince people that whatever I experience in my life is real. It’s harder to have people believe that the movie is actually based on a true story and not a story that’s bordering fiction. That’s just as well, the movie would be something that spans several saga’s and remakes. Kinda like Batman, inclusive of the embarrassing Joel Schumacher directed versions.
There is one last thing that I purposely left out. The cast recommendations. While it’s easy for me to pick out the people that would be best suited to act in the story of my life, I’ve yet to figure out who would best play me. So that just happens to be the question of the week. Who do you think would best play me in a movie? Maybe I’ll grab a few nominations and put it up for a vote. It’ll be quite interesting to see who you think would play me best.
Update: All nominations close on the 12th of September. The 5 best (or most) nominations go on to being voted by you and after that we’ll decide the winner. The person that suggested the winning nomination does get their blog spotlighted on my blog and a given a review of their blog here.
The criteria for the actor nominations are:
- They have to be real even if they are animated, name the actor that does my voice.
- They have to be alive.
- They have to be male (because I’m a guy damnit!)
- They can’t be older than their 30’s
Good luck. I look forward to hearing from you guys.
Update: Due to a lack of participation, the contest has been cancelled.