Looking at the Details

Warm up: Interview

The biggest challenge that comes with adapting a novel for the big screen is the loss of inner dialogue. Many have failed at capturing the essence of a book when it has been turned into a movie because what the characters feel; their inner thoughts and feelings, is not written on the screen.

The characters usually do not seem as deep and human as they do in the novel and it is for this reason that my version of Motherless Brooklyn focuses on Lionel’s inner dialogue. A character like Lionel depends heavily on his inner dialogue for credibility; his Tourette’s often makes him look silly and stupid, he would lose the respect of the public and gain their pity instead.

We know from his inner thoughts however, that Lionel is in fact extremely smart and well versed, and that he does not want pity, nor is the book about the sadness of a Tourettic man. This is what makes him so compelling, you would expect to pity a character who suffers like Lionel, who has had to live with a disease without the love of a parent to support him, who has lost his mentor and who has not one to love. We admire him instead, he has gone through all this and has accepted that Tourette’s is a part of his life that he cannot change; his confidence is infectious. I hope people realize this when they see my version of Motherless Brooklyn.

Task 1

“A poet, lost in the storm of his words, seeks the acceptance of the judgemental world around him; wants to be heard loud and clear.”

When unleashed into the world without his mentor as a microphone, a poet, lost in the storm of his words, must be heard loud and clear, or face becoming invisible; insignificant.

Task 2 (+/- 10 quotes)

Invisible Man (44) end punch line of intro

Tony Leads (96) underestimated

Tourettic Relief (143) knows his place

Odd Joke (123) knows his place

ADD THIS Here’s who I was instead (226) knows who he is

Good cop, bad cop (116) smart

ADD THIS Kidnapping (149) smart

Talking down to me (110) overlooked

Crazy man (115) smart

Introduction to Tourette’s (1) poetry




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