We closed last time on How A Film Becomes Law on a group of three film students, trying to find a premise for a short film. We open this time on a group of two film students who do not yet know that they are a group of two, and still have no ideas.
We met on Wednesday evening to pitch a few ideas. I didn’t really have any, so I was hoping somebody else would have a good one. Turns out Matt didn’t really have any ideas either, and our third group member never showed up (we found out the next day that she had dropped the class—not too big a deal, except that she was the only one with a car).
So we bandied about our half-baked ideas for a while, then got down to the dirty business of picking the idea we despised the least and getting ourselves excited about it.
We decided the story would focus around an ordinary guy placed in an extraordinary situation (see as examples every other silent short student film ever made). He finds a strange key in his sink, which does not open any lock. Then, one day, his keys do not open his door. He tries the strange key, which works. A pan-dimensional being (ibid) is waiting for him inside. He returns the key to this being, after which the status quo is restored (ibid, et al.).
To make this stupid little cliché more interesting we decided to put in a lot of rack focusing and other fancy camera and lighting work. I drew up some gorgeous storyboards:
…and it was time to shoot.
Oh, and one more thing: screw that whole ‘edit in-camera’ thing. We’re just not gonna do it. There just ain’t no way.
Next week: Shooting! And then the following week you get to see it! Because guess what time of year it is?
EXPLODING SHORTS MONTH!!!
That’s right, March 2008 is the second annual Exploding Shorts month, during which at least two new short films will be posted to shorts.exgfilms.com every week for free viewing! And other festivities! And cake!
…ok, so I made up the thing about cake. But everything else is true.