Monday, August 20, 2012

The Director

Note: The title  does not refer to me, but the position of a director in general. Just to clarify ;)


The Director
They are magicians. Dream-makers, dream-catchers. They spin tales, open wardrobes, show us portals to worlds we never knew of. Worlds we would give our hearts to be a part of. The imagination is their playground. The things we wished could be reality, they make it so. They give us a small inkling of how things ought to be. They show us heroes we can cheer for, villains we can despise, or seek to understand. They take us away from life for a few hours, giving us a place to escape. To put the glimmer back in our eye and make us kings and queens and wizards and warriors for a time.

Or at least, they should.

In this day and age, the director has misused the weapon known as media. The lens they use to weave their tales show us things we ought not to see. The sacredness of physical intimacy in marriage is destroyed and shown as something far less valuable. The horror of violence is flaunted and glorified. Decency has disappeared. The line between lending enough information to tell a story and showing far too much has been crossed, over and over again.

Now the director, the filmmaker, tells lies with a loud voice. And when he is not doing that, he is merely putting on an elaborate show to distract you. Explosions and blood and cursing and skin and twisted humor is nothing but an act to keep you ineffective. What has become of good films, good stories?

The job of the director is to take us to another world, not drown us in the carnality of our own. The tale may take place on our very own Earth, but that should not stop them from showing it beautifully. The job of the director is to tell truth, and tell it well. Is that done?

Francis Schaeffer once said, "Whoever controls the media controls the culture." And he is not the least bit wrong. Media is not a tool to be used lightly. The director ought to tremble as he wields it. For in using it, he tells the audience something. He teaches them. Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing as such we will incur a stricter judgement.

Of course that passage is meant for the one who teaches scripture. But should it not also be held in the forefront of the mind of he who sits behind a camera and shouts, "Action!"?

Yes. Yes, I think it should. Because the director has a weighty job. One that, these days, is rarely done right.

The director should not be someone who uncovers things that should stay covered. Should not be one who flaunts that which is evil. No. The director is a bard, a minstrel, a herald of wondrous tales not yet heard. He ought to be the one who, when he escorts us from our seat into a world of his own creation, we hold no shame for being part of it.


Jake P. said...

Spot on, Abby! You hath the hit the nail upon it'd head. ;)

Hannah Joy said...

Wow, Abby. That was truly powerful. I agree with you on all points.

So many times am I disappointed in movies, simply because they glorify sin, rather than put forth redemption and grace. They do not point me to God, rather to the imperfection and corruption of the human race.

I know. I know that this world is full of sin. But I also know that Jesus Christ came to save us from that sin, that we may look forward, out of this present darkness, to see the light. Directors, and authors for that matter, have a tough job. To show that light that we percieve up ahead. Not to take us backward in our steps, but to push us forward, until one day we will be able to touch that light.

Movies can be a guide, a tool for moving forward. Or they can be something that holds you back into sin, a tool of Satan. Yes, a great weight is placed upon those who create those tools. For where are you leading those who are following you? Lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from the evil one.

Another thought. 1Co 13:12 "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." Movies and books are to show dimly heaven and the great hope that we have. They are to show dimly redemption and the amazing grace by which we have that redemption. And, one day, we will see that all face to face, when Jesus says, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Beatiful post. Really, truly it was. And, Abby? I think you're going to be a great director. I am going to watch all of your movies. :-)

Ely Gyrate said...

amen, sister. Keep on with what you're doing. :)


Jess said...

Yes! Yes, yes, and yes! This is why I watch kids movies all the time... and enjoy them more than the grown-up ones I watch. Although it seems like even with a lot of kids movies, the director tries to sneak as much trash as he can into it (to please the adults???). That just makes me mad.

Anyway. The job of any artist (director, author, painter, musician, etc) is to pour light into the world. I don't think all darkness should be completely erased from movies (because our world has darkness and the light is greater in contrast), I don't think a pink marshmallow movie would be very powerful or interesting or relevant, but there comes a point to where you are glorifying the darkness more than the light. Darkness should always be there for a specific reason, and if you can't think of one other than to "entertain" or to reinforce the lust of the viewer, or if you try to say "it's there for a reason" when it could be taken out or replaced and not change the point of the movie/book/painting/song, then for God's sake (literally) cut it. Do not offend the little ones. Do not lead the sheep astray. Do not give the clammering crouds more scum to roll in; rather, show those weary travelers a bright light, and a hope, and guide their downcast eyes to heaven.

Basically, I agree with you. ;-)

Jess said...

*crowds. I don't know what a croud is. *sigh* I never know why I don't re-read my comments BEFORE I post them.

Padmé Arya Éowyn Istalrí Skywalker said...

Thank you for posting about this. The media really does need to put some good stuff out there and stop making bad movies.

Farjag said...

Three cheers for the Lady Director! Well spoken! It's a responsibility I have thought deeply about, and wish those whose movies actually make the screen would think about some too. Awesome insights, D!

reformed squirrel said...

Good post, so true! Awesome picture, too! : )

Lady Amy said...

Well said! :)

Rachel Rossano said...

I completely agree. In some ways that also applies to authors.

the Ink Slinger said...

Nicely said, Abby. I think violence - and even language - have a place in film within certain contexts (e.g. Saving Private Ryan), but when the filmmaker takes it upon himself/herself to glorify these things (like in Centurion) then something is seriously screwed up.

Tiffany Henry said...

AMEN, don't have much else to say!