Project goal: To explore and develop ideas for videos, including shots, scripts, characters, and anything else that comes to mind.

This is the simplest but also the most challenging activity you'll work on all semester.

A seedbed is a location where ideas are developed. For our class, you'll be using your seedbed to develop ideas for a video. You probably won't make this video in this class, but you might. The point is, think big. Think full length movie if you want, or one minute spoof. Anything appropriate goes!


How do you brainstorm ideas? You might use a list, a mindmap, free writing, drawing, or some other form of exploring ideas.

Here are some activities to get you started:

  • Develop an interesting character. You can use to get you started. Describe a typical day for the character.
  • Develop a premise for a story. A premise is a situation or condition that gives rise to or starts a conflict. Every story has at least one character and usually more than one conflict. Most stories have multiple characters and multiple conflicts. The conflicts are the result of situations. The main situation underlying all this is the premise.
  • Play around with writing dialogue. Create a couple simple characters and just start free writing dialogue. See where it goes!