Sunday, September 4, 2016
Making Short Films - Episode 1 - The Story
As a short filmmaker (well, not really that short - I'm 5 foot 5 inches tall) - I thought I'd post a blog series on what I've learned firsthand about making short films.
First you need a story.
Where do story ideas come from? Everywhere!
A book, a movie, a trip, a walk, a conversation, an article, a TV show or commercial, a dream, a child, a pet, an image, a word.
Just be open to ideas. Grab one that interests you and then ask yourself "what if" questions. Follow the trail to it's logical (or illogical) conclusion:
What if a kangaroo could talk?
What if a doll was alive?
What if a boy found out he was from a different time?
What if a scientist discovered an invisibility formula?
What if a girl found magic shoes?
What if a man was buried alive?
What if you were locked in a jail cell in a ghost town?
Once you have an idea, see where it goes and create a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
Next post: Episode 2 - The Screenplay