The Confines of “Realistic”

“I would want to make movies”.

  • What keeps you from chasing that dream?

“It’s selfish… you need a cushion before you can do that… 10…20 years.”

  • Waiting might make you lose that desire, is it worth the risk?

“Sometimes when you choose a particular direction you can’t go back”.

  • Then why is it important that you’re here? Studying public relations and not moviemaking?

“It’s a happy medium, I am able to do something worthwhile while also staying within the confines of ‘realistic’”.

I continued to barrage Phil with as many questions as my allotted 10 minutes permitted. He explained his opinions of time, his place at Marquette University and his reflection on his own “uniqueness”. These questions were formalities shadowed in the brightness of his talk on movies. I wanted to push him.

  • What kind of movies?

“Badass… badass ones, Wes Anderson type of stuff” (pause) “I want to tell stories”

  • Why movies? Why not some other medium?

“It’s easy to get lost, to let yourself live in that movie. I can sit down and have it take over all of my senses, I can connect with the characters”

It was my curiosity and my necessity for the very same answer that pushed me to learn about Phil’s interpretation of realistic. Movies are a dream, an escape, and in a way a fantastic spin on our current reality. He told me we need movies because they reveal a truth about who we are as people.

“It connects us… someone needs to tell the stories” he said.

I know the feeling he expressed while he entertained his own love of movies. I interviewed him in a classroom, for a discipline that doesn’t fulfill his wildest dream, and I sit here as an interviewer wanting to be an artist.

We are stuck on our own ideas of realistic.

It does not make sense to be confined by the expectations of others, but somehow as a collective generation we are trapped into thinking that our voice is to be applied where the world sees fit and not where we want to place it.

Art is my passion, but I am studying the closest thing to it in the confines of “realistic”. Given the opportunity, obtaining the cushion that a traditional education offers is the most comfortable way to live life. Don’t confuse what Phil answered as some lack of ambition, but rather a necessary obstacle to reaching that dream. Someone out there is making movies and photographs and paintings while we interview each other and we both know that our dreams are only as real as we make them.

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