SimplyScripts Discussion Board
Blog Home - Produced Movie Script Library - TV Scripts - Unproduced Scripts - Contact - Site Map
ScriptSearch
Welcome, Guest.
It is September 25th, 2017, 8:52pm
Please login or register.
Was Portal Recent Posts Home Help Calendar Search Register Login

If you wish to join this discussion board, please send me a message. Please do read the guidelines that govern behavior on the discussion board. It will make for a much more pleasant experience for everyone. A word about SimplyScripts and Censorship
Always Looking for Good Short Scripts and Good Short Script Reviewers

Short Script of the Day | Featured Script of the Month | Featured Short Scripts Available for Production | Submit Your Script

How do I get my film's link and banner here?
All screenplays on the simplyscripts.com and simplyscripts.net domain are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. This screenplaymay not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.
Forum Login
Username: Create a new Account
Password:     Forgot Password

SimplyScripts Screenwriting Discussion Board    Screenwriting Discussion    Screenwriting Class  ›  How do you come up with short script ideas? Moderators: George Willson
Users Browsing Forum
No Members and 2 Guests

 Pages: 1, 2 » : All
Recommend Print
  Author    How do you come up with short script ideas?  (currently 719 views)
LuisAnthony
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 12:02pm Report to Moderator
Purple



Posts
111
Posts Per Day
0.07
Ive written many, many shorts (a lot of which arent on here) and I confess myself worn out of ideas.

I am much stronger at writting feature length films, i cant exactly pinpoint why, but when I write full feature films the writing just flows naturally as I dont limit myself to a certain number of pages.

Now that I have written a lot of short films, Ive been struggling creatively to conjure up new ideas. How do you guys come up with new ideas? It would be very enriching for me if you shared.

Thank you.
Logged Offline
Private Message
Nomad
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 1:56pm Report to Moderator
Green



Location
Los Angeles, California
Posts
506
Posts Per Day
0.22
Wikipedia.

Just go to the home page and write something about their featured article.

Today it's about the Kuiper Belt.  

How about a story of the first manned mission through the Kuiper Belt where the astronaut runs the risk of igniting the frozen methane with the engines on his craft and must decide whether to use most of his fuel to try and stop, but possibly not have enough to get back to Earth; to turn his engines off and float through the Kuiper Belt but run the risk of crashing into something; or to do nothing and just hope that he doesn't die.

It's a story of the choices we make in life and what we do to justify one action over another.

Jordan


Read my scripts here:
SOCIAL EXPERIMENT 8pg-Drama
THE BRIDGE 8pg-Horror
SCHEISSE 6pg-Horror/Comedy
MADE FOR EACH OTHER-FILMED
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 1 - 18
AnthonyCawood
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 3:22pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
UK
Posts
2311
Posts Per Day
1.63
I tend to draw inspiration from what I read, see and listen to...

Reading,
Various websites about unexplained phenomena, future technology, Snopes etc... I also subscribe to email newsletters on the same subject.

See.
I watch a lot of movies and TV, they often prompt ideas, but seeing is also the everyday things around me, drove along a little lane the other day which was called Cripplegate, immediately sparked. my imagination.

Listen.
I download and listen to a variety of podcasts, unexplained, short stories (Lore, Lime Town etc) and screenwriting podcasts too.

These all help to spark ideas and 'what ifs' in my mind, which I then record in Evernote where I have categories for shorts, TV and features.

Using those methods my shorts ideas in Evernote number well over 300.


Anthony Cawood - Award winning screenwriter
Available Short screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/short-scripts
Available Feature screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/feature-film-scripts/
Screenwriting articles - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/articles
IMDB Link - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6495672/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 2 - 18
Nomad
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 3:26pm Report to Moderator
Green



Location
Los Angeles, California
Posts
506
Posts Per Day
0.22
How good is your memory, Anthony?

I have a pretty good memory and I think that helps me connect the dots between several seemingly unrelated tidbits of knowledge allowing me to craft a story.

Jordan


Read my scripts here:
SOCIAL EXPERIMENT 8pg-Drama
THE BRIDGE 8pg-Horror
SCHEISSE 6pg-Horror/Comedy
MADE FOR EACH OTHER-FILMED
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 3 - 18
AnthonyCawood
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 3:31pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
UK
Posts
2311
Posts Per Day
1.63
Hey Jordan

My memory is awful, so I try and get things into Evernote as soon as possible, I've even resorted to dictating into my Apple watch before now

But whatever muscle controls the 'what ifs' works pretty well with that connecting of the seemingly unrelated dots - thank god!

Anthony


Anthony Cawood - Award winning screenwriter
Available Short screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/short-scripts
Available Feature screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/feature-film-scripts/
Screenwriting articles - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/articles
IMDB Link - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6495672/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 4 - 18
LuisAnthony
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 4:35pm Report to Moderator
Purple



Posts
111
Posts Per Day
0.07
Thank you Jordan and Anthony!

Code

Just go to the home page and write something about their featured article.

Today it's about the Kuiper Belt.  



I actually had never heard of your Wikepedia method, and it makes perfect sense!! I will experiment with that, thank you.

Code

Reading, 
Various websites about unexplained phenomena, future technology, Snopes etc... I also subscribe to email newsletters on the same subject.



I have tried the whole looking around thing, thats how I came up with a lot of my shorts. However, I had never thought about listening and reading on unexplained phenomena, that is genuis! I tend to gravitate a lot towards the horror, mysety department, that idea is definitely right up my alley.

Thank you guys so much for answering this burning question I had. If anyone else has a different method, please do share.
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 5 - 18
eldave1
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 4:39pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2620
Posts Per Day
2.28
I never wrote a short script until I participated in the One Week Challenge (OWC) here. I have now written 9 shorts - 7 of which were for OWC's.

So, for me, it was the tight parameters of a challenge that forced me to brainstorm topics/stories for the Shorts.  So, to get your juices going, you may want to go to the OWC thread which still has every challenge for the last decade, look at the parameters laid out and see if any stories come to mind.


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 6 - 18
Angry Bear
Posted: May 12th, 2017, 8:27pm Report to Moderator
God Queen of the SimplyScriptsVerse



Location
The Swamp...
Posts
5953
Posts Per Day
1.70
I don't really write shorts anymore, but have probably written 80+. One of my last is titled Initiation (currently in post). That idea came to me while watching American Graffiti. There's a scene where this "cool" guy is forced to drive someone's little sister around and it makes him embarrassed and he just wants to get rid of her. At the same time, there was a lot of incidents in the news where black males were being treated unfairly by cops. To the point where they were afraid of cops. So, I thought like Anthony said, what if, there was a really nice black guy with romance on his mind who gets tormented by a thirteen year old white girl, then stopped by a white cop? It was sort of an intense script and I was approached by several filmmakers about the script. Why? Because it had a lot of conflict = drama.

Anyway, that's where that idea came from. A scene from an old movie combined with current events.  


Logged
Private Message Reply: 7 - 18
eldave1
Posted: May 13th, 2017, 10:58am Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2620
Posts Per Day
2.28

Quoted from Angry Bear
I don't really write shorts anymore, but have probably written 80+. One of my last is titled Initiation (currently in post). That idea came to me while watching American Graffiti. There's a scene where this "cool" guy is forced to drive someone's little sister around and it makes him embarrassed and he just wants to get rid of her. At the same time, there was a lot of incidents in the news where black males were being treated unfairly by cops. To the point where they were afraid of cops. So, I thought like Anthony said, what if, there was a really nice black guy with romance on his mind who gets tormented by a thirteen year old white girl, then stopped by a white cop? It was sort of an intense script and I was approached by several filmmakers about the script. Why? Because it had a lot of conflict = drama.

Anyway, that's where that idea came from. A scene from an old movie combined with current events.  


Imaginative. This one sounds very interesting.


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 8 - 18
LuisAnthony
Posted: May 13th, 2017, 4:04pm Report to Moderator
Purple



Posts
111
Posts Per Day
0.07
Code

So, for me, it was the tight parameters of a challenge that forced me to brainstorm topics/stories for the Shorts.  So, to get your juices going, you may want to go to the OWC thread which still has every challenge for the last decade, look at the parameters laid out and see if any stories come to mind.



Thanks for the advice, I will definitely give this a try. Sounds like an stressful, yet enriching method, which is what I need. So again, thank you. Just out of curiousity, do you feel like you can hammer out the best quality when you write shorts very quickly like the OWC, or do you need time to gather your thoughts to write something that you are proud of? I know some writers can write 1000mph and still have it not deteriorate their creativity, and if youre like me, you really need to take your time. I feel like the OWC can also be very good to exercise that muscle.


Code

I don't really write shorts anymore, but have probably written 80+. One of my last is titled Initiation (currently in post). That idea came to me while watching American Graffiti. There's a scene where this "cool" guy is forced to drive someone's little sister around and it makes him embarrassed and he just wants to get rid of her. At the same time, there was a lot of incidents in the news where black males were being treated unfairly by cops. To the point where they were afraid of cops. So, I thought like Anthony said, what if, there was a really nice black guy with romance on his mind who gets tormented by a thirteen year old white girl, then stopped by a white cop? It was sort of an intense script and I was approached by several filmmakers about the script. Why? Because it had a lot of conflict = drama.



Thank you for using a personal example, it is very helpful. Also, the way you have described your short has highly peaked my interest, if the script is available anywhere I would love to read, or perhaps watch the final product once thats available. Thank you.
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 9 - 18
eldave1
Posted: May 13th, 2017, 4:13pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Southern California
Posts
2620
Posts Per Day
2.28
The tight constraints are better for me - forces focus


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 10 - 18
AnthonyCawood
Posted: May 13th, 2017, 8:04pm Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
UK
Posts
2311
Posts Per Day
1.63
Dave is a masochist

The constraints of an OWC dont work for everyone, but you do get 20 or so writers commenting on your script and you can revise it to you hearts content afterwards,


Anthony Cawood - Award winning screenwriter
Available Short screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/short-scripts
Available Feature screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/feature-film-scripts/
Screenwriting articles - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/articles
IMDB Link - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6495672/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Logged Offline
Site Private Message Reply: 11 - 18
pale yellow
Posted: May 14th, 2017, 11:38am Report to Moderator
Yellow



Location
Jacksonville FL
Posts
1803
Posts Per Day
0.85
I like to watch people...in the airport, in bars. Or listen to people... on the bus...or train... or airport bathroom wherever..... LOL Sorry but stories are everywhere... in conversation ... on a walk through the forest... in the things that have happened in our lives or others we know...  I love listening and watching people most of all to get ideas.

If you need a prompt... just look at one item on your desk and make up a story. I'm looking at a ceramic unicorn with a broken horn as I type this.


Logged
Private Message Reply: 12 - 18
LuisAnthony
Posted: May 14th, 2017, 12:02pm Report to Moderator
Purple



Posts
111
Posts Per Day
0.07
eldave1 or Anthony, do you happen to know when the next OWC will be? I would love to participate. I�ve been in the forums for years but I have never been as involved as I�m starting to be right now. I was too young, but now I want to focus on my writing as much as possible.
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 13 - 18
LuisAnthony
Posted: May 14th, 2017, 12:04pm Report to Moderator
Purple



Posts
111
Posts Per Day
0.07

Quoted from pale yellow
I like to watch people...in the airport, in bars. Or listen to people... on the bus...or train... or airport bathroom wherever..... LOL Sorry but stories are everywhere... in conversation ... on a walk through the forest... in the things that have happened in our lives or others we know...  I love listening and watching people most of all to get ideas.

If you need a prompt... just look at one item on your desk and make up a story. I'm looking at a ceramic unicorn with a broken horn as I type this.


Thank you for your input!! Always appreciated!  
Logged Offline
Private Message Reply: 14 - 18
 Pages: 1, 2 » : All
Recommend Print

Locked Board Board Index    Screenwriting Class  [ previous | next ] Switch to:
Was Portal Recent Posts Home Help Calendar Search Register Login

Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post polls
You may not post attachments
HTML is on
Blah Code is on
Smilies are on


Powered by E-Blah Platinum 9.71B © 2001-2006