Have you ever been told that something you desired was impossible? If so, you’ll enjoy meeting Arthur.
Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never again be able to walk without assistance. His diagnosis defined him for a very long time; he lived up to it for years – nothing more, nothing less. Arthur’s story showcases the power of a person’s God-granted agency, to act upon the tutoring circumstance life shells out, subdue them, and turn them into growth opportunities. This video is part of a larger documentary being created by filmmakers Steve Yu and Ken Young
The Heart of any Endeavor is the Story Behind It
Arthur’s story is another prime example that we are more likely to respond to authenticity found in human stories, than highly produced, formulaic, cookie cutter plot lines spit out by many Hollywood studios. This simple, highly underproduced video gained over 2 Million views in its first a week. It now is nearing 6 million total views. This authentic, human story reached people deep within. I know, I know, even with the sappy music, this piece has traveled around the world wide web.
It goes to show that the camera selection, lenses, lighting, editing software, techniques, gizmos, and gadgets are all fun, geeky and may be necessary elements of telling a compelling visual story, but the heart of a story is the authentic human struggle that your audience can relate to at a base level.
We all relate with physical challenges in some form or another, and we can all relate with the difficulty and challenge of change, especially when it entails shifting deeply rooted paradigms, habits, and emotional feelings embedded inside us.
Beat Your Own Personal Nemesis
So what is your human struggle? What’s the struggle of your protagonist in your current film treatment? What prevents you, him, or her from taking action on the feelings that surface from the heart? Is it fear that your circumstances will get the best of you? Is it fear that the manner in which this world functions is more powerful than exercising faith in unchangeable principles of a true hero’s life?
I challenge you to overcome any human struggle you now face, and turn your own life’s narrative into a story that will inspire others to do the same. Do the same with the characters you are crafting in your narrative and documentary work – make their struggles real, make them authentic, make them human.
Here’s to the human struggle. Fight with faith.
P.S. I’d love to hear your stories of struggle in the comments.
The Extended Cut
Inspired The Movie KickStarter campaign was fully funded. Just goes to show, people fund projects that resonate with the human struggle, production value is just a bonus.