The short script assignment begins to find its shape. As a structure. I don’t write anything before I have the structure in place.
Although this will only be a ten minute story, one cannot neglect the structure. Every story needs its turning points and their high and low moments. Even a one minute script does.
Actually I use the same mindmap as when I plan my features. The same need is there, just a more limited space to tell it.
It will not be the same depth as a feature of course, but a story can be told in thirty seconds buy a kid in fun-hour in school. A story needs conflict and conflict causes movement and that movement needs a curvy road to make an interesting story. No matter length, you need those building blocks.
In this story I have a character with a rather special oddity that he himself never minded – set up. Then he gets a very tempting job offer – the catalyst. He realises that his oddity is more problematic than he thought and he tries to do something about it: becoming “normal” – debate and turning point one. At first being “normal” is good but soon he realises that being normal has its problems too: he cannot feel the passion for the thing he is offered job about, and that was all he lived for. He must go back and be himself – turning point 2. But he still wants the job, it is the job he always dreamed of – obstacle. So he finds a solution – finale.
Could be a feature, but I could just as much told the whole story less cryptic on these few rows. Long or short, you always need a story. And a story could be told in any length. A good story should always catch your interest no matter if it is written on the back of a matchbox or in a novel of the size of a brick.
The title of the script is (at least for now) “When the music stops”. When the mind map is finished I’ll send it to the commissioner for approval.