Choose a story as the basis for the film

We are beginning a new assignment today. The final deliverable, due November 6th, will be a 2-3 minute film made up of still images and sound.

For Tuesday of next week, please bring in three stories that you might want to work with. Your film may work with a portion of one of the stories. Choose a range of stories, from first-person memoirs, to fiction, to historical non-fiction. It should be subject matter that interests you and may be visualized.

In selecting your story, look for a clear plot and vivid character descriptions.
Keep in mind that your narrative should have a distinct beginning,
middle and end.

Also, consult the reading list for this unit, making sure to purchase David Mamet’s On Directing Film.

Below is a list of story structures prepared by Tom Wedell, which may help.
• Action: Non-stop chasing, fighting, etc.
• Adventure: Heroes and incredible action in escapist fun.
• Biographic drama: A story of a real life.
• Body swap: Being someone else.
• Caper: Loveable rogues pull off big heist without hurting people.
• Chase: Pursuit, crashes, stunts and capture (perhaps).
• Chick Flick: Fun for women.
• Classroom drama: Emotional students and brilliant teachers.
• Comedy: Funny things happen to funny people.
• Crime: Good guys catch bad guys.
• Disaster: Terrible things happen. People survive.
• Drama: Just everyday excitement.
• Escape: Good people captured by bad people. Escape themselves.
• Espionage: Spies, counterspies and political secrets.
• Fantasy: Wizards and heroes battle with monsters. Good guys win.
• Horror: Scary things trigger fear.
• Journey: A process or course likened to traveling; a passage.
• Kitchen-sink drama: Mundane stuff at home.
• Mystery: Solving puzzles.
• Pioneer: People go to strange places. Discover themselves.
• Psychological thriller: Scary and subtle excitement.
• Rescue: Saving people from harm.
• Romance: The path of true love is not smooth, but it is inevitable.
• Science fiction: One of the above, set in the future.
• Slapstick: Comedy with custard.
• Survival: Man vs. nature. Man wins. Just.
• Swashbuckler: Pirates and daring on the Spanish Main.
• Thriller: Exciting things happen.
• Tragedy: Sad things happen. People die.
• War: Big battles. Good guys win in the end.
• Whodunnit: Detective detects who done it.


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