Oceans Eye

Im feeling totally uninspired by my chosen idea of a struggling music artist so i have decided to go down the fantasy route instead.

  • A little girl who dreams of being a mermaid – Whilst out shopping with her mum in a vintage shop she discovers a pearl glistening underneath an old clothes rack whilst she is playing hide and seek in the shop. She tries to give it to the wisened old woman behind the counter but she wont take it and tells her that it hers. She leaves feeling very puzzled and shoves it in her pocket. What she didn’t realise is that the pearl is the oceans eye and anytime it gets wet it takes her into a parrallel world where she is a mermaid and the stone is part of a necklace that she wears. If she comes out of the water she is then transformed back into her normal life

Hmmmm…i think i could make this work, i will return to develop this 🙂

Developing Ideas

Developing Ideas

My ideas :

  • A struggling music artist – finding it hard to pursue their dream as a producer whilst having to work a high pressure day job at the same time
  • 2 sisters – growing up in a small village with no jobs and they long for good careers and hate being burdens on their parents who struggle financially
  • Teenagers in a car crash – the problems that follow, loss of friendships, blame & death
  • A hard-working dad – working day and night to build a business to provide a good future for his kids for it to be stolen from him and all the kids want is their Dad
  • A single mum – burning the candle at both ends juggling 2 kids, being self-employed and attending a full-time University course

So now I have SOMETHING down, here are more points for me to consider that might help me use what I have got and develop it:

Chosen Idea:

A struggling music artist

Reason:

I have chosen this one because, I am drawing from personal experiences so I think that might help ease me into the planning and there is ups & downs to this story but it also ends on a positive note

Premise:

After 10 years of John trying to be recognised as a top music producer he hits a make or break point whilst risking losing his family at the same time he makes one last gruelling attempt to succeed.

WHO: Michael (music producer)

WHAT: Loses all DJ bookings after moving abroad, becomes severely depressed

HOW: He decides to move back to the UK, causing a huge rift with his wife & children and he desperately tries to repair his music career whilst trying not to lose his family at the same time.

Characters:

Michael (Protagonist) – Is married to Jenny and has 3 children – Lewis Age 7, Anabelle Age 5 & Charlie Age 1 , he works in a well paid day job as an IT Analyst for a bank, and has been getting part-time work as a music producer and DJ which is his dream job, something he hopes to be able to do full-time eventually. He’s hard-working and driven with his end goal in sight….to be playing main stage at the biggest hard dance events across the world. Things are hard at home because he rarely sees his wife and kids so when a job opportunity comes up in Nerja in Spain he can see it is what his wife wants for them as a family – a more relaxed lifestyle and more time to spend together, his guilt for the lack of time spent with them makes him agree and they sell up and move there and that’s where things start to spiral downwards for him.

Jenny ( Love Interest ) – Wife of Michael’s 3 children, prior to children she worked in a design company and was also a DJ at the weekend, this is how they both met.

Children – Lewis, Anabelle & Charlie

William (Antagonist) – lives in Australia and runs a stream of nightclubs, has his own music label and promotions company.

Trevor (Mentor) – Michael’s dad. Works as a self-employed bricklayer. Lives alone with his animals, divorced from his wife Sally when Michael was 10 years old. He has played the guitar in a band called ‘The Stingers’ since the 60’s.

So i have an idea & i have some characters ….but it lacks anyway ‘wow’ i need to find something that picks this out from being ordinary……back to brainstorming!

Pre Production Pipeline

I need to come up with 5 ideas for a film….sat at my laptop for an hour…nothing….drank some vodka to loosen up my brain…one hour later….nothing….went and sat in he studio with my hubby in the hope that he would give off some vibes for inspiration….nope not tonight….watched some short films on YouTube by Lin Oeding, one below

Great blockbuster style short films….inspired yes but nope still nothing is brewing in my head grrr.

Off to bed (with laptop in stow). Really feeling defeated, why when I’m given briefs/deadlines is it so hard for ideas to ignite but when I don’t have any my head is full of thoughts all clashing together. My love is photographing life, the innocence, the beauty, the happiness, mainly baby and wedding photography. I am absolutely not a writer, words always disappear when its time to write….just like now, I don’t know what else to write except pluueeeargh.

Need more help, off to google again.

Ok after reading this article –

http://nofilmschool.com/2015/08/9-tips-coming-great-ideas-short-films

Here are the tips that Darious lays out:

1. Write daily, 10 mins in the morning before you get up and 10 mins before you go to bed.

2. Write What You Know: Drawing from your own experiences is a sure-fire way to create believable scenarios and authentic characters. Dig into your past and ask yourself if there are any instances that could be the basis for a film. This doesn’t mean you should make a biopic about yourself, but instead, apply your experiences to different ideas that you’ve generated.

3. Game of Opposites: Take a well-known concept and flip it on its head. This is a playful way to brainstorm ideas that go against the grain.

4. Watch Other Films: This one is self-explanatory. Being a good consumer of art makes you a better artist. Plus, as Darious mentions, it’s a great way to mine for ideas. Keep in mind that very few, if any, ideas are truly original. Don’t feel bad about taking somebody else’s concept and putting your own spin on it. Chances are the filmmaker you’re borrowing from did the exact same thing.

5. The Magic Notebook: Ideas often come at the worst time: in the shower, when you’re out with friends, when you’re cooking dinner. It doesn’t have to be a physical notebook, but having a way to capture spontaneous ideas as they come to you is essential. The notes app on your phone works great, as does the voice recording app.

6. Research: Start doing research about a topic that interests you. Along the way, you’ll almost certainly come across interesting facts and scenarios that can be turned into film ideas.

7. List Your Resources: As independent filmmakers, our resources are often limited. By listing out the resources you have, whether it’s certain locations or props, you can generate ideas that you know you can make. This is a super practical way to go about making short films.

8. Keep It Simple: For short films, it’s often better that the concept is something extremely simple. Stop thinking about complex plot lines and characters, and instead try building a film around a simple idea.

9. Live a Little: This goes along with #2. It’s much easier to write what you know if your life is somewhat interesting.

  • A little boys dream of becoming a famous DJ finally becomes reality until he has a head injury leaving him 90% blind which won’t stop him but will his new method of mixing catch on…
  • A group of young friends loving life driving through the woods & drinking end up in a car crash which turns their night into a desperate attempt to stay alive and risk their lives to save each other.
  • A work obsessed Dad ends up losing his family and everything that he’d worked for to realise how rich he already was and has to find a miracle to get his family back in time for christmas.
  • A sleep deprived single Mum trying to make it as a designer juggling University, Work and her children by accident finds out she has a hidden talent that changes everything.
  • A little girl who longs to be a mermaid and knows she is different to all her friends and soon finds out how much different