The film I helped create for the United Way Care to Change contest “Reach” is finally out in the public.
This little masterpiece was conceived, written, filmed and edited in two days over a weekend. The concept was mine (with refining help from the group) and I wrote and did the film editing while the rest of the crew acted, coached, set decorated, filmed and did sound work.
It was a weekend of learning, compromise, and holding my breath so I wouldn’t say things I couldn’t take back. Some of it was great fun, some of it was agonizing but I’m proud (mostly) of the outcome. Plus it’s super cool that something I wrote actually got filmed.
Our video is entered in the “adult” and “workplace” category, I think you should be able to vote once in each section.
Vote, vote, vote. (For me…even if you like the other ones better. I’ve given up on being fair.)
In other news I’m doing edits tonight. Yay me. My goal is to have all the edits done by the end of the weekend so I can finally send it out to the agents who requested it at the Surrey conference. Wish me luck.
The Care to Change contest meant we had very little time to write our stories, so to stay focussed we chose one to the United Way statistics on seniors to work with. “One in four seniors in metro Vancouver lives alone.” I found having a stat made it easier to brainstorm a theme and get the writing process going.
Research your favourite social issue to find a statistic that speaks to you, then make a mind map to brainstorming a theme. Once you have a theme and the statistic, spend twenty minutes outlining how you would make that idea come alive in a short film. Don’t worry too much about writing it as a script, just let your ideas flow. Then the next time you sit down to write you’ll have the bones of a script to work with.