April 8, 2017 at 11:52PM


Need help on some short film ideas?

For my upcoming final for video productions class, I have to create a short film that involves handshakes. This is the only criteria, other than that, everything is up to our creative interpretation.

So far I'm having a huge creator's block. I would really appreciate it if someone would give me some input or a starting point!

-A beginner videographer


There's a children's game called Bigger and Better. A person trades a small item(paperclip) for a larger one(a pen), and works their way up the bartering ladder until they get what they want(a car). With all the trades there would be a whole lotta handshaking going on. This idea has been done to death by sitcoms, but it's still a viable option. Here's a classic example from "The Office" http://economicsoftheoffice.com/all/?eps=7_19

Then of course there's the protagonist who wants to make a good impression on his boss, or prospective father-in-law. He stresses about the first handshake: technique, grip, humidity(sweat), duration. He's having fever dreams of failed handshakes. Have it build up and up, until the moment he finally goes in for the shake and the boss/father compliments him on his technique and remarks how he has such a masculine grip. Then as the tension recedes, the protagonist in a fit of relief smiles, retracts his hand and let's out a 3rd grade schoolgirl giggle to end all giggles. Cut to a look of dread on everybody's face.

Anyways, whatever you choose to do it sounds like an intriguing concept for a project and I'd be interested to see what you come up for it. Good Luck!

April 11, 2017 at 6:54AM


I'm feeling something coming already :)! Thanks for getting out of my little creative rut!

Annie Vuong

April 18, 2017 at 12:24AM

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