If you’ve ever been to a rock concert and wondered what happens when you write a musical for the big screen, then you’re not alone.
Here are six simple steps you can take to make your own Rock Opera.1.
Write the story.
“It is a story that we tell ourselves, it is a journey that we take, it’s a way of living that we seek out and seek to create,” director Richard Linklater said.
“I think in the rock opera it’s the same.
It’s about the journey and the journey is a character and it’s not a matter of a person.”2.
Make sure you can do the story justice.
Rock Opera is no small task.
“Rock Opera is a kind of theater that is more like a musical theater than a drama,” Linklater told BuzzFeed.
“And the best part is that you can be a part of it.”3.
Write it out.
“When I was making the film Rock Opera, I was thinking a lot about what a good story should look like.
It wasn’t just about making a film,” he said.
It was about making an artistic statement.
“We’re telling a story about something we love that’s kind of universal.
We are all on the same journey, we are all connected and we are in a world that is so vast that there is no one person, or group, or personhood.
It is a universal experience, and it is about something that has universal appeal and universality.”4.
Take your time.
“If it’s going to be a film, it needs to be in the time that it takes to make it.
If it’s in a theatre, it will take a while to get a script in front of a screen,” Linknow said.5.
Don’t forget to get creative.
Rock opera is a long-term project, but “it can take months or even years of making the movie,” he explained.
“There is a certain freedom with Rock Opera that is just incredible, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
It just has to be good enough.
It needs to have a certain amount of fun.”6.
Make your own version.
You can find plenty of inspiration online, but make sure you get your own ideas in.
“Some of the most amazing pieces I’ve ever made were from the audience,” Linknotes.
“Sometimes it was a story, sometimes it was just the visuals that made it stand out.”