I've been working on a script and watching a lot of films lately, and it has come to my attention that the way characters behave in film is so different to how we behave in real life, I almost don't know where to start. The years before the 2000 are much more apropriate for storytelling, decreasing in glamour from the 80s onwards.
When I observe people in real life, they are pretty much in front of a screen the whole time. Whether walking down the street or at home, they are often watching a little screen. We don't phone our lovers to meet, we just text them. We don't sit firegazing in the bar. We don't do "future" in the filmic way that looks cool, with little Tamagotchi type accessories that beep and project watercolour holograms. We read from screens, in silence, with our heads low in a not very flattering position, for long periods at a time. At what time is film gonna catch up? Will it ever? I can't imagine a film that actually depicts us in reality, it would be impossible to describe in visuals.
It's made me think what so many people are thinking, I don't want to live my life like this. I want to live my life like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, with a glass of brandy on one hand and an inquisitive mind on my shoulders. Much like I do, minus my iphone interfering. Is there no way to save us?