Our teacher has set out for us to create an original 8-10 page script for our final year assignment. Tough cookie, this one.
As the world is my oyster, I set out to trying to, first of all, decide what genre I wanted my story to centre around so that after deciding on that I could move on and decipher what story am I going to tell.
So after a while of thinking about what I would like to write about and having been watching films and television shows in hopes of finding inspiration, it finally struck me.
The genre I am going to focus on is suspense/thriller. For me, this is one of the best genres in storytelling as the storyline always follows with the unexpected in ways that, as a viewer, you wouldn’t think about. The being one step ahead of the audience is something very compelling and what drew me to it.
Currently, the way I am dividing all of my ideas follows the rules that were set out by Tom Lazarus’s book “The Last Word – Definitive Answer To All Your Screenwriting Questions”.
In it, Lazarus explains is technique of dealing with the downpour of ideas that can happen at any point and as a way of being prepared, as to not forget anything, for future notice is to divide his ideas in different documents titled: Characters, Scenes, Ideas and Miscellaneous. And he encouraged to not limit yourself and to just write down anything and everything that comes to mind in regards to the story as it might be something amazing to work with later on.
So this is how I started, I started to write down specific elements like: man, retired, gardening, michael, basketball, dolls, monopoly, house, planting flowers in the garden, Scottish, etc.
I just let all my ideas flow uninterrupted, always having the main focus of the genre in the back of my mind.
So I am now going to work through all that I’ve written and will get back to you as soon as I have another update.
See you soon!