November 8, 2015 at 5:27PM
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. www.kennethcmerrill.com