1. Who is your main character?
2. What is their problem?
3. How will they overcome this problem?
Every scene in your film should move the story forward in some way, big or small, and every scene should have conflict.
A character wants/needs something, and the story can’t move forward until they get it. Remember, the scene is only interesting if there is something in the way of your character and their goal.
Tips & Tricks:
IMAGE: The close-up is one of the most important types of shots in the filmmakers toolkit. Directors use close-up shots to show a character’s emotions or highlight an important piece of information like the time on a clock or footprints that lead into the woods. Use at least 3 close-ups in your film.
SOUND: Music can really help enhance the emotion of a scene. Add music that you’ve created into your film to make big moments stand out.
STORY: You find out that something in your house, something that’s been collecting dust for years, is actually a priceless artifact.
IMAGE: Revealing a character’s reaction or a new piece of information at just the right moment can add the perfect amount of tension to your zombie love story or get a big laugh in your action-comedy. A whip pan is a quick turn of the camera that can be a stylish way to make that big reveal. You must use a whip pan to reveal something to the audience.
SOUND: What’s the sound of a sword made of light? What about a monster made of cosmic gas and time particles? Deep questions like these are the realm of the Sound Effect Designer and her team. They create all the sounds in a film from the common (footsteps), to the uncommon (Chewbacca). Create at least 3 sound effects for your film.
STORY: A new room has just appeared in your house! Nobody has ever seen it before. Was it there all along? How could you miss it?! Maybe it just appeared. However it happened, now it’s here and there’s a problem.