We’re reappraising a classic, both from a screenwriter’s eye and from modern audiences’ perspectives, as WriteMovies explores the iconic James Dean film REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE in a two-part series of articles. Next time, our Director pins down why its themes stood out so much, but first, our Lost Generation blogger Jake Morgan reviews whether the film that helped define the ‘teenager’ still speaks to today’s youth. (more…)
At WriteMovies we’ve always been promoting new talent to the international entertainment industry. Our services create a ladder to help new entrants work their way right up to the top – from learning how to imagine, plan and write, all the way to getting pitched to the top of the industry, produced and distributed.
And now we’re going one step further to help new talent – by bringing the new generation directly into our business operations, decision making and marketing.
Meet Jake Morgan. He’s a fresh voice with a passion for great movies and great TV. He’s 18 and one of the millions of young people whose life opportunities have been cut down by the huge disruptions of the time we’re living in. He’s one of what many are calling a Lost Generation.
His generation are already becoming hugely influential on the industry we work in, through their use of social media and the ways they consume content. And now, he’s going to be sharing that generation’s perspective into the international entertainment industry every day, exclusively for WriteMovies. We’re really looking forward to working with him as we dynamize and reinvent our marketing and services in 2021.
Jake’s going to be writing a series of articles called The Lost Generation. Here, in his own words, is what it’s all about:
“In The Lost Generation series, I will look at the rebels, outcasts and relatable characters who have become icons to the younger generation and myself. From James Dean in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE to Matthew Broderick in FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, I look at the themes used to develop these characters and what makes them iconic to a younger audience. I’ll also break down the social and political climate in which these films were released, and try to discover what made them so successful.
What is the aim of this? Well, we all know writing a screenplay is challenging (the biggest understatement of the century!). However, one of the most daunting challenges is creating the right characters, which can very often make or break whether a film’s success. The largest movie-going audience is between the ages of 14-24. This means if your screenplay is produced and shown in movie theatres, the largest segment of a potential audience is probably in this age range. Each of these films I’ll look at in this series were either commercial or critical successes, whose target audience was young adults or teenagers.
This series gives insights to screenwriters into crafting their characters. I’ll analyse each of these films for how they develop their characters, study the themes the writer presents in the script, and advise writers of all ages on how to creatively engage with younger audiences.
As our Spring Contest continues, we look to pitch all of our winners to the industry. Producers are looking more than ever for scripts that would get the largest movie-going audience back into the seats with a large tub of popcorn. Could that be yours?”
Watch out for online interviews and masterclasses with industry experts, opportunities for young writers and filmmakers, and MUCH more. We’d like Jake’s appointment to be just the start of how we can support the new generation into the industry – the first of many to succeed through us in new ways in the new times ahead.
We want YOUR views too. Whatever your age, whatever your perspective on our industry, whatever your interests, we want you to be part of the conversation about what the industry needs to do to regenerate itself in these troubled times. We hope that Jake will be a big part of how we adapt to the changing world around us and that you enjoy joining us on the journey, on all our platforms!