Full disclosure - I am doing my Masters in film at the moment and the film I am making falls under my formal assessment. It's worth noting that I don't care how my film is received by the academic institution itself. I care about making a film that shakes hearts, or nudges them, or punctures them so they bleed out onto the cinema seat.
But one of the very worthwhile assessment tasks we were given in the lead up to writing our scripts was to find 10 images that stirred us, in relation to our film idea.
These are not images I have taken, but rather ones I have found through Google searches or Pinterest searches.
The next challenge is to incorporate them into my script.
I narrowed ideas down to 4. I won't list the other ones here, because maybe I'll use them and they're only bare bones.
I mentioned in my last post that I was working in a juvenile prison whilst brainstorming ideas. You would forgive me for the cross over.
Strangely though, years ago I had written the outline of a short film about two brother escaping from juvenile. This time, though I decided it would be two girls. And they would escape for a single day. And we would get to see the world through their eyes.
I have since decided that it will be one girl. And she is escaping for a very clear reason - she is pregnant and she needs to find her boyfriend to work out what to do.
I have an ending, but I don't want to give it away.
I had four ideas that I was tossing up, at the end of January and the only way I could choose was by feeling which moved me the most, and when I was writing about this girl I started crying, so that was enough impetus to commit.
The brainstorming process was difficult but I managed to keep the pressure off. The narrowing down process was also difficult, but I have decided not to stew in indecision around ideas for too long.
And so it is decided, this will be a film about love and escape.