Coming up with ideas for short films is really not that hard. You could essentially turn any real life moment into a scene in your film. All you really need to do is just point your camera at the action and film it. Pretty simple, really. But who would want to watch that? I know I wouldn’t.
For the past year or two, I’ve been trying to develop ideas for short films based on relationships. I love a good hard-hitting drama. Blue Valentine is amazing. It’s something that’s relatable for a lot of people and I’ve always found myself in some sort of relationship, whether it’s romantic or just friendship based. The problem I’ve been running into with these ideas is whenever it’s time for the drama to kick in, I get stuck. They say you’re supposed to write about what you know and I know relationships, but I hate the drama that comes with them and I try to avoid it like the plague. Whenever arguments take place in a relationship, my brain freezes up and I just turn silent and confused. That’s probably not all that healthy when in a relationship, I know.
The result of relationship drama film ideas is about three or four unfinished scripts that all stop right around the start of what would make them really interesting. It’s basically been my wall. I realized a few weeks ago that just because you like one style of film doesn’t mean you need to try to write about it. Maybe I like those dramas because they say for me, the stuff that I get frozen up about. And if they’re already saying it better than I ever could, why not try something else. Maybe something that not many people are even trying to base conversations on at all.
My whole life I’ve been called “weird”. I don’t know how true that is. I’ve just been trying to be myself. Again, they say to write what you know. The last few ideas that I’ve been trying to develop might be considered weird. But, at their core, they do still revolve around relationships. My hope is that I can take what I like about relationship-based stories, and what I like about weird/bazar stories and mash them into something that not many people are doing. Hopefully by doing this, I’ll be able to build a door into my wall and get to the other side. But who would want to watch that? I don’t know exactly. But if I’m true to myself and make something that I would want to watch, then it doesn’t really matter who else wants to see it. I know I will.