I came up with a concept for a short film one morning last week. It wasn’t spectacular or ground breaking by any means but it scared me and even made me laugh a little bit. The premise was based on an event that happened to me a few weeks ago and I simply wanted to play with the idea of making it a movie.
Normally, I develop idea, write outlines followed by a first draft. For this project I decided to skip all the development work and take my concept right into page one. I had no scene ideas, no characters and no real approach yet I began anyways.
I just wanted to make it up as I went along. Pressure free. That’s exactly what I did. I just started writing and little by little a story emerged. After I reached the third page I created a twist that required a page one rewrite…
So I began editing as I went along too. Changing details and adding crucial elements I just made up. Slowly the story began to take shape and my poor main character was going through hell on a stormy night. (It wasn’t a stormy night at first. I made that up on page 4.)
It’s a nice change to simply sit down and write a story based on a tiny idea. I honestly think it’s been years. It’s like I had become accustomed to writing only when I had planned most of the story out. Either that or I was afraid to begin without developing first.
This new short film was a nice change. An afternoon experiment that led to a nice little 6 page screenplay. A horror story based entirely in one location with 2 main characters and a lot of creepy moments. Who knows if it will ever become a short film. For now, it will join the other shorts in my file. Another script completed. A fun afternoon.