My Notebook


These blogs are created to give a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration behind the upcoming movie The Favorite. This film, hitting theaters in September, is based on incredible true events behind The Favorite Movie.
Luke Bernard’s life threatening accident gave him this vision that led him to write the screenplay for The Favorite just months after he was learning how to write all over again due to his traumatic brain injury.
The Favorite Hits Theaters This September::


Sometimes, our brains don’t cooperate with us. We search for the words we want to say, but they’re lost before they ever make it to our tongue. Or, a bunch of words jump to our mouths as smooth and rich as ice cream. But when we listen to our own voice express them, what we hear are the halting, incomplete thoughts of a stranger.

For a long time after my accident, doctors couldn’t predict my progress. There’s just too much about the brain and the way it works that they still don’t know.

But for anyone who struggles with memory and speech, we know what happens. Those who desperately want to connect with us offer us their words. It’s a powerful, loving act. When I couldn’t find my words, people who loved me offered theirs.

Until I could find my own words, my family gave me theirs. My mother started a blog. When my dad was in the room with me, he recorded notes about what was going on in my recovery to help her with that blog. They quickly realized that, once I regained consciousness, they would need to help me remember. So they took their notes from my perspective so that they could read them back to me and help me remember what happened the day before, or even moments before. My brain had taken a huge hit and the files of my mind were scattered. My family helped me pick up my thoughts by giving me their words.

But as miraculous as my recovery was, I was still impatient.

I wanted the words to come. As I recovered, I started to engage with people again and the more urgent that need became. People wanted to hear from me. They wanted to understand what I’d been through and what it felt like to be part of a miracle. They wanted to know that I was going to be okay.

But “okay” is subjective. How do I even know I’m okay if I can’t hold two thoughts together or remember huge pieces of my life?

How do I know I’m okay if I can’t remember anything about the trauma that made my brain not okay?

This blog is about that journey. It’s about the dream I had when it was hard to sleep through the night, let alone dream. It’s about the screenplay that I painstakingly wrote in longhand just months after I had relearned to write my own name.

That screenplay, supported by notebooks and a blog my family kept after my accident, culminated in a movie, The Favorite, in theaters this fall. The Favorite is a family film about how love triumphs, heals, and restores.

I welcome you to join us as we share how this movie came to be. Other people will also join me on this website to share what went on behind the scenes during the production of The Favorite.

But this blog is my notebook. It tells my story.

My story is sometimes sad, sometimes happy, often reflective, and never boring. But that’s what God has done for me.

He not only gave me a story, but He restored my ability to tell it.


March 9, 2013 Luke Bernard was in a near fatal car accident. He entered L.A. County Hospital with barely a pulse. He had a GCS of 3 with dilated and fixed pupils, and had a zero chance of survival. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery. A 4 x 5 inch piece of his skull was needed to be removed allowing the damaged brain to swell. Doctors removed two blood clots on his brain. He had two broken vertebrae in his neck and back, as well as facial and rib fractures. Thousands were mobilized to pray for complete recovery. Luke had a miraculous recovery, returning home to Florida after six weeks in the hospital.
Two months after returning home, Luke had a cranioplasty to replace his skull. Those with brain trauma typically have insomnia. Luke was no exception. However, one evening he had a deep sleep and God gave him a dream. The next morning, he was excited that he had slept and told his parents about the dream. His parents encouraged him to write the dream down, believing it would be good for his rehab. One month and 90 pages later, Luke had written the first draft of The Favorite. Six months prior to this, Luke was relearning to write his name.
The Favorite is about two brothers. One brother, Luke, is a star college soccer player verging on a pro career. The other brother, Benjamin perceives his brother is the favorite. Soccer is his father’s favorite sport. Ben pursues MMA fighting in hopes to win his father’s favor.

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