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How to Brainstorm Unique Short Movie Ideas

Shooting a film or short movie is something that many people have the goal of doing. Some do it for fun, while others want to make movies as their job. Thankfully, whether you decide to shoot in and then digitize super 8 film, or shoot your film on your new iPhone, making movies is easier than ever with the tools and technologies out there today.

However, before you actually film your short movie, you need to come up with your idea for it. What story will it tell and who will it feature? There will be no movie without an idea or plan. With that in mind, this article is going to go over how you can come up with unique ideas for your next short movie.

Think About Your Life Experiences

One of the best ways to come up with unique ideas for your movie is to think about the experiences you’ve had throughout your life. You can think about situations in your past (good or bad) and use these experiences to shape a unique story. We know nothing better than our own experiences in life, which make it a great choice for helping you come up with a great idea.

Think about the things you have done, where you have visited, and other things like that. This personal connection can often shine through and make the movie that much better.

Also, don’t hesitate to take inspiration from the people in your life. Of course, there is no need to tell your story exactly how it happened, so feel free to change up different themes, people, and ideas to help the movie turn out as good as possible.

Start With the Ending

When many people come up with a movie idea, they try and do so in chronological order. They begin with the start, and the last thing they think of is the ending. If you are stuck doing it this way and not making any progress, why not flip things around?

If you start with the ending you want, it can be easier to form a story around how your characters will reach that desired ending. This can also help you cut out unnecessary things that  may not contribute to the story.

Of course, be sure to keep the recipe for great endings in mind. If you are going to start with the ending, you want to make sure that this ending is great.

Visit Inspiring Places and People

Oftentimes, coming up with a unique idea for a short movie is all about getting inspired. To do this, you may want to visit locations that inspire you. This could be the beach, a place with unique architecture, mountains, or anywhere else.

There are even several beautiful movie locations you can visit and seek inspiration from these legendary places. Also, expanding your horizons and meeting interesting people from all walks of life can also help you come up with unique characters, themes, or ideas for your film.

We hope this article has been able to help you come up with some unique ideas for a short movie.

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