Cinematic Dramaturgy - Point of No Return

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UploadedOctober 3, 2008
TakenJuly 9, 2007
ModelCanon PowerShot G7
Exposure1/8 sec at f/2.8
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Focal Length7.4 mm
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My cinematic moment is not from one specific film, but rather from many.

It is that moment when the protagonist - troubled and tortured by the events thus far - is left alone with the raging torrent of his inner-most thoughts.

There are two options. One is to forget about it and just walk away. The other involves making a difficult, painful and fateful decision that will undoutably be life-altering for the protagonist.

You just know - from a lifetime of watching films but also from your own life as a human being - that the second option is the one the character will make.

Depending on the genre, the choice will be dangerous, possibly illegal and definately painful. Love or life will be lost. Perhaps even both.

It is the Point of No Return. The beginning of a dramatic journey from which there is no escape.

This self-portrait above - taken long before this JPG competition - is an hommage to Christopher Doyle and Wong Kar-wai.

The inherent loneliness of late-night hotel rooms in small provincial towns, coupled with a bottle of excellent wine, is a haggard cocktail.

It is also inspired by these two quotes:

"About this feeling whose troubling softness obsesses me I hesitate to affix the name - the beautiful serious name of sadness" Francoise Sagan.

"One night I was sitting on the bed in my hotel room on Bunker Hill, down in the very middle of Los Angeles. It was an important night in my life, because I had to make a decision about the hotel. Either I paid up or I got out: that was the note said, the note the landlady had put under my door. A great problem, deserving acute attention. I solved it by turning out the lights and going to bed.

In the morning I awoke, decided that I should do more physical exercise, and began at once. I did several bending exercises. Then I washed my teeth, tasted blood, saw pink on the toothbrush, remembered the advertisements, and decided to go out and get some coffee."

From John Fante's novel "Ask the Dust"

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