I’m an aspiring filmmaker. Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way. This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever. Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…
Good Will Hunting
I think Good Will Hunting may lead the league in 10 Flicks appearances:
- 10 Flicks: Lazy Day Movies
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I think it’s safe to say that I highly enjoyed Good Will Hunting.
It changed everything for me because of incredible amount of research that went into the script. It’s the main reason I find Matt Damon’s central character so interesting.
I love character driven movies. I think it’s fascinating that you can create a fictional character so interesting that he/she can carry an entire movie on their own.
The research that went into this film must have been insane. Each and every reference to literary giants and some of the smartest people who have ever lived had to have been carefully thought out. It’s that detail that adds to a world that commands your full attention. It’s that detail that makes the film great.
Beyond that writer’s Ben Affleck & Matt Damon bring their home town of Boston to life in addition to creating a strong supporting cast of characters.
It’s a big world they created to tell Will Hunting’s story and it takes a lot of effort and skill to pull it off.
Good Will Hunting taught me big lessons about character deconstruction.
You can literally take every scene in the movie and break down what you learn about Will. In truth, anyone can write a scene that tells you something about a character but doing it in interesting and thought provoking ways is what sets this movie apart.
Through all of his confrontations, I like to imagine the revelations the screenwriting team had while they wrote it.
The magical moments when a story just clicks and you know exactly where you are going with it.
When you reach a point when the characters are real, they write the story for you.
It’s a trance every single writer strives to achieve.
I try to seize those nights every chance I get. It’s an addicting feeling to turn your computer off and feel like you’ve written something memorable.
Screenwriting is meant to challenge your abilities. Movies like Good Will Hunting inspire me to go farther and push myself harder.
Since I saw Good Will Hunting, I’ve tried very hard to make sure I fully research everything I write down to the last detail. I still have a lot to learn but it’s a fantastic way to plan a story.