Keep It Simple Stupid. Especially on your first few
shorts. Attempting the complex and complicated is a great goal. But if you set
a goal like that and fail it could destroy your confidence. Remember too that
some of the world's best ideas are the simplest.
15. Spoof and parody
Making fun of people or entertainment icons is
another way you can come up with ideas. What is core, is your parody film is
generally free from libel and defamation actions from politicians, business
leaders or celebrities that you are taking the mickey out of. If you think you
are walking near the legal line please consult an entertainment lawyer.
16. Local legends
Rory O'Donnell, our film course director, gave me
this and the next tip. He has sometimes made short films documentary style
about the local legend. And local legends don't need to be international
giants. They can be known in their own community, no matter how small, as the
guy or gal who can do something well.
17. Press random article on Wikipedia
Rory also writes and shoots short films regularly.
Sometimes he pushes "Random Article" on Wikipedia to see if anything
useful or inspiring pops up.
This is one of my favorite ploys to create
clickbait and interest in something I am doing. There is no reason why you
can't do this too.
This year during Wimbledon, every Brit wanted Andy
Murray to win Wimbledon. Of course he didn't. But I newsjacked it by writing an
article called 7 Lessons
Filmmakers Learn from Andy Murray.
Can you think of a trending topic that would
19. Office pranks
Do you remember the last time your office mates pulled a fast one on
you? Maybe this is a situation that you can recreate as a short film. Here's 10 classic office pranks that
never age. Why not restage one of these and film it as a short film?