“Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. Call them Schemas, scripts, cognitive maps, mental models, metaphors, or narratives. Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities, and define and teach social values.”
– Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Director, Media Psychology Research Center
The year was 1989, I was 6 years old, I seem to recall it was rainy that day but I could be wrong perhaps it’s just how I remember it. On this day, I watched my first film (that I remember) in the theatre. The film in question was of course Tim Burton’s 1989 interpretation of DC comic super hero “Batman”
I don’t remember much about being in the theatre oddly enough, but I remember the feeling I had when I got out of the theatre. Being so mesmerized by the violent glamour of a Hollywood film, the energy surged through my veins. I was so immersed in the idea behind the dark caped crusader who battled evil while the rest of the general population slept in their nice cozy beds. I wanted to be Batman, I wanted to turn myself into a force of good, and make a difference in this world.
When exiting out of the theatre, for that brief moment in time, I was Batman! I began running towards where our vehicle was parked, and, I jump on top of the ledges and acted as though they were my roof tops in a scene I was playing out in my head. And when I leaped off back on the cement side walk, landing was rough. My feet planted firmly on the ground, they began to throb with pain from the impact. But, I said, I am Batman! And Batman doesn’t feel that pain, no, he keeps going no matter how many times gets hurt or knocked down. Batman is a fighter, and people depend on his endurance to keep going until he can not go any further!
And I continued towards our car, so, why is this important to who I am now you ask? Well, Batman was the first feature film I ever saw, I fell in love with the idea behind good vs evil. I think we all have that story to tell where we learned the difference between the two. It just so happens that’s when I also fell in love with the idea of being a filmmaker.
And instead of wanting to be Batman, I wanted to be Tim Burton, famous movie director and my inspiration. I wanted to inspire that kind of energy within someone young or old. I wanted to people to say, your film inspired ME to become a filmmaker myself. I felt compelled to create and craft stories that evoked emotions within the very soul of a human being or touched a person’s heart so deeply they’ll never forget the emotion.
After that faithful night way back 24 years ago in 1989, my destiny was officially sealed
no matter how long it would take to get there, no matter how many ledges I must leap off of, I will make it to that celebrity status. There is no pain to feel, for future people need me to do what I need to do to feel that inspiration in life. And go after their passion & dreams, on that faithful night, I became a super hero in my own right.