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Great Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas

Friday, August 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Tips for Brainstorming, from IndieWire:

14. K.I.S.S.

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.

18. Newsjacking

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 inspire you?

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?

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