As someone who tries to think of himself as something resembling a writer, I have a lot of things going around in my head. And one of them was Wrath. As my mom talked to me about changes I made regarding my story before we went to go see The Last Jedi, a thought came to me: I’m in over my head, and once I’m exposed, I’ll be known as the hack writer I am. My mom immediately said that I should be more confident in myself in my work and myself and stop being negative. Here’s the thing though: I’m not being negative. I’m being honest with myself. The reason being is that when it comes to writing, you’re not just making a story. You’re creating a world out of basically nothing. And then you’ll get questions about things about your world. And here’s the thing about questions as a creator: You have to have answers because you’re going to be pushed and pushed and pushed. And if you hesitate, you’re fucked because you’ve just exposed yourself as someone who has no idea what they’re writing. Congratulations, you’re a hack just like me. I can show you some places where we can get some great pizza.
And if you have answers, you’re not out of the hack woods yet. If you go ahead and give an answer, only for the person to
- Say, “that makes absolutely no sense”
- Ask what drugs were you on when you wrote whatever it is you wrote
- Asks a shitload more questions upon your answer
Congratulations, you’ve achieved hack writing skills. Again, I know some great places for pizza. At the very least, I can Yelp very well.
You’re probably asking why I’m going in something regarding depth about this? Well, I wrote a movie script, and I think that may be the ultimate destination of my work in some way. And the fact that I’m a hack that doesn’t write about big things or write scripts that can be handed to a director and make it fit into that director’s style and have it look amazing and be thought-provoking and captivating and in a way where each and every shot is taught in a cinematography class means one thing: I am a hack that shouldn’t be in the business. Sure, directors are the ones that people care about, but I think it could also apply to screenwriters if you’re in tune enough with movies.
If you go into film circle, especially on the Internet, you’ll find that they don’t have very nice things about Michael Bay. The reason being is that he doesn’t make movies that make you think or have you appreciate the art of movie making, Instead, you get hot girls and explosions and over the top action for the sake of having those things without any thought. And that’s what pisses off film critics and filmgoers alike. And that’s what people hope guys like Michael Bay end up having no influence in the long run. Think about The Fast and the Furious movies. Do people remember it for how it shows how the power of friendship can withstand any test and friends can be like a family…or do they remember it for in Vin Diesel, The Rock, and their friends, allies, and enemies doing impossibly and crazily stupid stuff in cars? Same principle: The fact that people will pay money to see these stupid, IQ-draining films instead of something profound like Baby Driver or Get Out or whatever’s gushed about any given week on r/movies shows that I am in a company that every filmgoer loathes.
And that is where I am with Wrath and perhaps the stuff I’m going to write. When you approach me and ask about what my inspiration was or what’s the takeaway, and I struggle for an answer you’ll feel I pulled out of my ass, you’ll know the truth that any writer, director, or anyone who watches movies regularly and know what goes into making a movie knows: a hack writer is just writing what they think would look cool on camera without thinking about anything resembling story structure or plot or themes or character development or character motivation, and I’m part of the plague ruining the film industry.
So, I say: Hello, fellow hacks. I want to make sure you know that everything I write I wrote while clean and sober.