Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kolaborasi Dunia Penerbitan dan Film

Hari ini saya menghadiri undangan dari Agromedia Group. Sebuah acara yang bernama #SundayMeeting, yakni forum penulis dari kelompok penerbit Agromedia yang membahas suatu tema tertentu tiap kali diadakan. Saya, penulis novel Al Dente yang diterbitkan oleh GagasMedia, cukup antusias dengan tema kali ini, yakni tentang adaptasi novel menjadi film--kolaborasi dunia penerbitan dan film. Pembicaranya ada dari kalangan produser film (Yoen K dari Maxima Pictures), penulis skenario (Haqi Ahmad), dan penulis yang karyanya telah diangkat ke layar lebar (Aditya Mulya).

Sebagian penulis tentu senang kalau karyanya menarik minat produsen film. Pada umumnya, memang produserlah yang "mencari" novel yang layak difilmkan. Apa sih yang dicari produser film dari sebuah novel? Intinya, produser akan melihat jumlah cetakan novel. Sudah seberapa banyak bukumu yang laris di pasaran? Ini cukup menentukan. Setidaknya, novelmu sudah memiliki pasarnya sendiri. Produser tentu menimbang risiko bisnis. Kalau novelmu pada cetakan pertama saja "hidup segan, mati tak mau" di pasaran, jangan terlalu berharap, deh, bakal ada produser film yang minat. Tapi, kalau kamu cukup yakin dengan kualitas ceritamu, punya pesan bagus yang ingin disampaikan, kamu bisa mencoba. Produser tidak hanya "mencari", kok, tapi juga "dicari". Dicari siapa? Oleh kamu yang merasa karyanya bagus untuk difilmkan.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Happiness Box

Last night, my online friend posted something awesome on her Instagram. No, not that glamorous stuff you wear, not that fancy food you eat, not that enviable place you visit. She called it 'a happiness box'. The picture wasn't attractive at all. It looks like a cardboard box, just thicker, with colorful motif cover. But, what she told in caption that inspired me to do the same thing. To have a 'happiness box'. She said that she collected stuff that literally make her happy. Could be a boarding pass when she traveled abroad, a book--I saw Le Petit Prince novel in that box--, a concert ticket, pictures, anything! So when she's down, she takes her happiness box, open it, then somehow she instantly gets the positive energy which means happiness. Cool, huh?!

Then, I was like thinking of creating my own happiness box. If I had one, what things would I put in there? My books? The most favorite which I even can't decide one? Oh, probably a novel I wrote! Aha.. what a cheesy! Hahaha... Till now, I still don't know what things that make me happy straightaway. I kept thinking that my whole life is a package of happiness, so what's the box for then? Such a lie, you think?! Maybe! Hehehe... But maybe I didn't try hard enough to remember the happy things. So, right now, I'm trying to find--writing--the stuff that makes me happy all this time. 

The picture of my parents. Of course I couldn't put my living parents into a box. It would need a giant box. And actually I have one. A home. A home where my parents stay. So, I'll keep a picture of my parents at home. Don't you think that it's just fulfilling a moral purpose? How come you don't include your parents as something that makes you happy?! What a damned if you don't keep a picture of your parents in your happiness box?! But, it's not like that. We know that the truth is our parents don't always make us happy. Sometimes we argue a lot with them. So irritating. But, however your parents treat you, there's a time that you even can't remember when your parents were so blissful for your presence. We, somehow, are the things that make them happy. Get my point? They're happy for me. So, why can't I be happy for them?