A year ago we had to come up with a few ideas for our pre-production class to create our short film. I mush say that it was quite a challenge! During the process I was fascinated to learn how others came up with their ideas for story. So I have decided to make a list with links that will help people who look for brainstorming techniques, exercises or inspirations for their assignments. More articles about how to make a good story will be posted soon but the main objective to keep in mind when you think about your story is a few things:
(He made it in two days!) Check out his other films!
And for the list of techniques and inspiration – since I’m kinda busy this month, I will add more information during weekend, so keep checking for updates!
3. Get inspired and explore other short films.
4. Make a list of things you would like to animate and don’t (Genres/characters/objects/locations/abstract). Than try to combine some of those ideas together and see how many new ideas you can create.
(spy movie + animal characters = SpyFox)
5. Contrast – you can add an interesting story just by combing two contrasting ideas immediately makes it interesting (for example, rats are a disgusting thing to have in a kitchen and yet Pixar took an advantage of this to create their feature)
6. Observation – A fun exercise you can do to inspiration is to go with a few friends to drink coffee at a public place (farmer’s market is a great time for that, outside of Wholefoods) and as you watch people passing by write a quick story about them. You can guess their name/age/job/personality and what’s their current story… This way you can sharpen your creative writing as well as your observation skills.
7. Find inspiration at the museum or the newspapers articles. The more you learn about the world the more stories you encounter.
8. Start reading articles of other story artists! Yeah! Explore the net! Be curious…
Temple of the Seven Golden Camels