Starting  your film from scratch is a daunting process but if you don’t have an idea where to start but feel your creativity bursting have no fear there are simple steps to adhere.

Consider the story (keep it simple)

There are only so many stories out there, so nothing is entirely original it’s all about the combinations and way you interpret them.

What you will need is a hero/ antihero, who comes across a challenge.. then overcome the challenge and  something is effected by there journey. Those are your main arcs

All stories must have one of these challenges. It has been quoted that a truly great story has them all but that is only an opinion.

Man v man

Man v himself

Man v society

Man v fate/god/nature

If your struggling try thinking of a nursery rhyme, an old children’s story or even a bible parable.

So lets try goldilocks locks and the 3 bears

Its all about interpretation, first change the names and objects

So lets say goldy has a drug problem and she breaks into a drug dealers house and trashes the place looking for drugs eventually the dealer comes home after she finds the drugs and she kills him in the end. (this is only a quick example)
You could continue it on about that changing her or the police are looking for her and so on but for a short film the first ending is all you need.

A tip is to try minimise location and actors, for the story above there is one location. Instead of 4 characters I’ve reduced it to 2. This will save time (in pre-production and on set) and if you’re on a budget, money too i.e less cast, less cost and less locations, less location rental .

Now you have your story time to get a script!

“Celtex” is a great free program you can download that will help you format your script splitting it into locations, shots, and dialogue also script software helps with scene numbers (do not put character direction or different types of shots in your script this will only annoy actors and any crew you wish to bring on.)



How to pick your crew

Crew, what they need to understand and key roles


Needs to have basic knowledge of all area’s, work well with people, problem solver and convay his ideas onto others

Director of Photography (DP)

Understand the concept of film and lights. Will be able to turn the director imagination into reality by controlling the camera operator and the lighting crew.

Assistant director

Will need to be able to coordinate crew, problem solve and share the load of pre production between them and the director


Understand the functions and settings of a camera, understand the concept of lighting an understanding of lighting, understanding of composition,. listen to the instructions of your DP.


Understanding of types of lights and gels, listen to you DP