November 8, 2015 at 5:27PM

You voted '-1'.

How to come up with stories based on resources?

Hello! I have been doing video production for a few years. I provide for my wife and child doing mostly AC/Op'ing as well as editing on everything from features to corporate work. Like thousands of other people on here, though, I want to become a commercial/fashion film director.

I used to have a policy of always working on at least one personal project while winning the bread with "real" jobs. It worked well, and through college and after graduation I produced some things I am proud of. But I am having a harder and harder time keeping up with this goal, and I realized recently that I hadn't really done anything that pushed me creatively in over a year.

I know that to hone my craft I have to shoot and shoot and create videos all the time, but I have a hard time thinking of projects to shoot with resources at hand. It's especially hard to spend money on personal projects when I'm worrying about paying rent and buying food for my family. I have camera and audio equipment, as well as 1 or 2 lights. For me it's more about cast, location, production design, etc. Those things are hard to find!

I'm wondering how you guys come up with stories and concepts based on the resources you have at hand? Thanks in advance!

Also, here is stuff I've done before, in case you're interested.


I often let props guide me or have ideas that when I'm out and about, items scream "get this for a prop". So if you're willing to pay for a storage unit like me, you can start building up quite a prop department. Then again, a single, simple, scary doll is all you need to do something creative. A briefcase. Depends on what you want to shoot.

If you want to push yourself, pick a genre you don't like. For example, science fiction is my bag of tea. If it's not yours, then push yourself and do something sci-fi. If you don't like scary movies, make a slasher. It'll push you to do things out of your comfort zone and might end up being really good if you put your unique twist on something that isn't you.

November 11, 2015 at 10:30AM

Producer/Writer/Director/Prop Maker

In film it's always great to collaborate with similar-minded people and join forces with them. Get to know your filmmaking community so they could jump in to your personal project and fill in the departments you need.
For example a great writer could come up with a nice 5-8min story with your available resources. A production designer could work miracles with your empty garage or an abandoned house or your friend's apartment. If you live away from major filmmaking cities, get creative with who to involve - a decorator would make for a good production designer!

December 24, 2015 at 6:17PM

Stelios Kouk

Your Comment