Welcome to my website! This place started as a blog where I wrote a logline every day, and I still somewhat keep up that habit, but the name isn't quite as literal these days. I also sometimes turn loglines into screenplays, which are all available to read, including some earlier drafts.

I ostensibly still write blog posts as well, but if I'm being honest, that'll probably only happen several times at once, every couple years.

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Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

I think this is the greatest movie I've ever seen in my entire life.

I remember seeing Scott Pilgrim in theaters with a bunch of my writing friends, and while everybody loved it, one of them was frustrated, a little disheartened by it. He said it was discouraging, because that movie was exactly the sort of thing he wanted to write, but he didn't think he could possibly write something that good.

I didn't understand that way of thinking. I knew I couldn't write anything that good at that moment, but creative works aren't like, say, Olympic sprinting, where you could definitively look at the times some runners get, look at your own height/build/whatever, and reasonably come to the conclusion that those times are physically impossible. Who's to say how good a writer you'll be in twenty years?

I still don't entirely understand that way of thinking, but I do sympathize a little bit more now.

I've been writing for a long time now, and I don't know that I could write a movie as good as Everything, Everywhere, All at Once yet. (All art being subjective, "Good" here is defined as "Suiting my personal tastes.") I think it's possible, but it'd take a lot of hard work and a bit of luck. Give me a few more years of writing and I think it'll definitely be doable.

But I'm not sure I feel the need to.

This isn't a particularly depressing thing, I wouldn't say I'm discouraged by it - almost the opposite, it's wonderful to have access to such an incredible piece of art. But it kind of… it makes me wonder why I would bother to write anything even remotely similar at this point. It's such a masterpiece, it so perfectly captures the sort of art that I want to create, that even something matching it in quality would just feel extraneous. Who needs two Mona Lisas?

Of course, writing it out like this brings some of the obvious flaws with that way of thinking to light. Of course nobody needs two Mona Lisas, but two portraits of the same person by two different artists can of course be interesting and valuable. Of course even I were to write something like Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, it would not be the same and could still present something of interest and value.

But for right now, it still feels like I'd rather just rewatch the movie and then write something completely different.

2022/04/20 13:45 · Teddy McCormick