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Week 16 – Romeo & Juliet: A timeless message of love


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Topic of the Week

Romeo & Juliet

Two years ago I was given an opportunity to do something I never would have imagined.  A friend from London – a film producer – invited me into her world of moviemaking.  She and her fellow producers, one of whom is Julian Fellowes, the gifted writer and creator of Downton Abbey, embarked on a journey to develop a new adaptation of Romeo & Juliet for the big screen.


Now I adore period films and I love the creative process, so I jumped at the chance to witness the art of storytelling through film.  What a wild ride it’s been!

The movie was filmed in Verona and Mantua, Italy, the place where Shakespeare placed his story, and the sets and costumes are stunning. The actors – Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Hailee Steinfeld, Ed Westwick, and Doulgas Booth as Romeo, to name a few, are exceptional in their roles.

The amount of work that goes into making a major motion picture is momentous.  From the initial development of a script, to months of fine-tuning dialogue, assessing and choosing the right actors, scouting locations, developing elaborate costumes and sets, filming at multiple locations, scoring the music, to then weaving it all together through endless hours of editing.  And I thought writing a book was hard work.

Over the last two years I’ve learned a tremendous amount about making movies.  And I’ve learned even more about making art.  For example…

  • Great art requires great patience.
  • Just as in book making, you will live what you create.
  • In order to succeed as an artist, you must develop the capacity to move through massive amounts of frustration.
  • To bring your art to the world, you’ll need to play well with others.
  • You must be relentless in your tenacity because there will be countless times when it seems your art will never see the light of day.
  • You have to trust yourself at the precise moments when everyone else thinks you’re crazy.
  • You need to be open to feedback, but closed to mean-spirited criticism.  And you need to learn the difference.
  • You must stay true to the heart of your message.  Always.

When postproduction was complete and the film was being tested before its first audience, I stood in the back of the darkened theater with my friend as she paced back and forth for the duration of the film.  By the end of the movie I cried as I felt the impact of Shakespeare’s timeless message: love heals, love transcends our humanness, love is far stronger than conflicts, differences, and history.  And love begs us to stay true to what really matters before it’s too late.

Although a release date for the movie has not yet been set, I received a link to the official trailer and I’m excited to share it with you.  So many people have dedicated their lives to this movie over the last two years and I’d love to help spread the word.  Please share this trailer and Facebook page with friends and family as well as those in your online communities.

You can view the trailer here and find the Rome & Juliet Facebook page here.  If you “like” the page you’ll be sure to receive notification of when the movie will be released near you.

Before there was Twilight, there was Romeo & Juliet.  May we always remember the transcendent power of love…heart-icon#x2665;

Take Action Challenge

The story of Romeo & Juliet inspires one to release a grudge, make amends, or find peace with someone who matters.  Is there someone in your life you need to forgive?

Have you watched the trailer yet  smiley2#x1F600;?  You’ll find it here.


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