Michael Ward on Sunday, December 31
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Anyone who sets out to make a film hopes that an image, a script, a character, or an element of their story resonates with someone who takes the time to watch it. We create art for any number of reasons, but inherently, (most) art comes from a good and genuine place. Sadly, not everything works as well as intended. In fact, some times the sheer task of making movies can overwhelm producers and/or directors, studio heads can clash, actors can assert their celebrity status, and attempt to wrestle the project away from those in charge, and on and on.
Any number of things can go wrong before we even get to the reality that ego can play a large hand in how movies get finished. Directors can demand scenes stay in, editors can be overruled, producers may want sections of the film re-shot or scripts rewritten. Sometimes directors will just freely admit that they didn't have the time to shoot their whole script. (Yes, this happened.)
And so, unfortunately, on any given weekend at the Multiplex, we might find ourselves unwittingly wandering on that "Road to Hell," watching all the good intentions for a film catch fire and burn all around us.
And it's about to get really warm in here.
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