Staying Sharp?

28 Jul

Welcome to another This-N-That (TNT) post!  I focus on aspects of creativity and today it is from the film industry. 

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It was not long ago that I hunted around for a movie that I enjoyed once upon a time.  I don’t remember what sparked me to search for the movie in CD form but, it did occur to me that my daughter in college had not seen the movie and might also enjoy:  Edward Scissorhands.

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 Romantic fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.  The film tells a story of man created from another man’s invention.  The man was an unfinished creation, in that he modeled scissors for hands, instead of sporting normal hands with working fingers.   Edward comes into contact with a suburban family and falls in love with a “normal” human teenager named Kim, and finds ways to be human-like and use his hands to be creative in the setting that he is thrust upon.

Supporting roles in this movie are played by Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, and Alan Arkin.   The idea  for  the Edward Scissorhands movie came from Burton’s childhood, living in Burbank, California.

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If you have seen this movie in the past you may find it interesting to also know that before Depp’s casting those considered for the lead role were Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., and William Hurt.  The role of the designed inventor Vincent price was his final performance.

In the course of the film, Edward says only 169 words. This fun fact still amazes me.  It accounts for the visual portrayal and importance stressed on the “action” in the movie from the main character as opposed to what is actually spoken.

It is also an “artsy” movie of sorts.  The visual creations that Edward Scissorhands shares with those in his community are fun and eye-catching.  From watching the sculptural topieries form to admiring the odd yet funny hair styles he creates, the imagination of the writer comes to life with great illustration.  I love the movie the most because of the wacky theme, and the way that imagination and creativity are woven into the movie’s story line.  It’s happy, it is sad, it’s tragic, it is mysterious, it’s scary, it is funny…it’s a classic creative movie.

What is the point of it?  Being different.  Edward Scissorhands is different.  He’s got a sharp imagination to match his sharp scissor hands. He knows he is different and discovers ways to work with and around that fact, to share his talents with others.  I also like to recall the ways that we are all different, maybe not in such freakishly dramatic ways but, to realize that we are all made up of different qualities. And that I too am able to create art differently and share with those around me in appreciation of individualism.

Like scissors we can either be dull or sharp.  Who likes dull?  NOT ME!  How do I stay sharp? I research the hot trends, remember the classics, ask customers about their styles and likes, take note on what is needed or requested from my customers, and use new techniques and materials. Being new and exciting is definately not dull!

I know that I am different and like to express that through my art.  Those who appreciate unique art and the process of its creation tend to know that their art is one-of-a-kind, not dull as unsharp knife.  Uniqueness sets them apart when they wear, gift, display or use a hand-made item from Club Creative Studio.  It is the Club Creative Studio’s mantra to Be Creative Everyday in Creating Art That Sets You Apart.  Just as Edward Scissorhands’ creations were “sharp” ideas put into another artistic form, hand-made art by Club Creative Studio is also distinctively creative as a unique item, never reproduced again because it is a one-of-a-kind creation.

Be sure to check out our art and a NEW featured item introduced in the next blog on FRIDAY and highlighted in the “special feature section” of the PINK notebook area of the online store website homepage at:

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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4 Responses to “Staying Sharp?”

  1. Jen Puckett July 29, 2011 at 3:33 AM #

    I love this movie! And I love Johnny Depp! He is my fav actor! He is so creative and uniquely talented. He was the perfect choice for this film.

  2. Roberta July 29, 2011 at 3:16 AM #

    Veronica
    I like the different themes each day. You are creative in so many areas. This is an excellent film review that seems beyond the normal film review

  3. V. Campos-Hallstrom July 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM #

    My studio floor has seen it’s share of messes from paper, paint, clay and stray run-away beads and wire. I can identify with Edward too as I love cutting with scissors. I adore decorative scissors and the thrill of running with “scissors in hand” just because I can now without scolding.

  4. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. July 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM #

    Great post, Veronica.
    And, this was the movie that demonstrated the acting capabilities of Johnny Depp. (It also set up a long relationship between him and Tim Burton.)
    And, regarding you, I can already see the trimmings on the floor, as you shape the items to suit your needs…

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