Short Stories as a Basis For Your Short Film


Follow my blog with Bloglovin I love reading short stories. Especially when they are really good. A brilliant example of great short story writing comes from one of my favourite authors, Daphne du Maurier (who wrote Rebecca, for those who haven't read it - and please, if you haven't - you need to!) I bought a collection of her short stories and made my way quite quickly through it. The stories were full of beautiful character sketches and wonderful moments. One story in particular stuck with me, a short story called The Doll. It is about a beautiful woman who replaces human relationships with a mannequin. It's a bit freaky and spooky but it got my mind whirring. It was this short story that inspired my short film, The List. I say inspired because I did not set out to make Daphne du Maurier's short story into a film. Her story sparked off a similar idea in my mind, with a different message that I wanted to give with a very different tone. I think short stories are a wonderful place to start if you're looking for a film idea. They are especially good when you feel like you're struggling to find ideas and are going through a dry spell. Having a good, strong structure already there will give you the basis for a story that you know you can put into visuals.

Here is The List, I hope you enjoy it, a little story about love and lists...

This was shot with a EOS Canon 5D MK II, using a 24-105mm Canon lens and stars Jade Sloan and Sylvian Greumach.