Welcome to the thirtieth of our Creative Challenges. WriteMovies’ 100-Day Creative Challenge 30 is about attaching talent to your production.
Guidance: For the next 20 minutes, use whatever method you like – thoughts and ideas, mind maps, diagrams or sketches, a sample of script, prose, poetry – as you prepare a creative piece, about:
A ‘dream team’ of director and cast that could be brought together to make a project that everyone of a certain age will want to see – and the story that project could be about.
- As you work through this task, you might also consider how this activity relates to attaching talent to your production.
- Save or photograph your work as a document called “100DayCC30”. Then reflect on this experience and what it has taught you about you and your writing: what comes naturally to you, which aspects were easy and difficult, and the subjects, angles and attitudes that you like to focus your writing on.
- Share online if you like using the hashtag #100DayCC30 to compare to other people’s experiences and support each other, or submit to our Academy Lite if you’re a subscriber!
When you complete the Challenge – or if you get completely stuck – then look at the Feedback below!
Attachments of key talent are a necessity in order to make any non-indie film or TV project viable, before they can be greenlit for production, and this activity is a chance for you to build on the previous Creative Challenges to recognize how a project can bring these elements together. Films with an ‘all-star’ cast are good examples for comparison here – THE EXPENDABLES does that for ageing fans of action movies, and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS has done the same for mystery story fans in both 1974 and 2017!
Often, one key attachment will unlock the attention and approval of many others. British indie film SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE (2006) began its journey as a production plan: to film on Hamstead Heath at times of day when stars appearing at London’s nearby West End theatres would also be available (between the matinee and evening performances), and promise to complete their scenes quickly enough for them to do between shows. Once Ewan McGregor said yes – many other top UK actors did too.
General tips and feedback:
Many writers, naturally, don’t find it easy to be creative ‘on tap’ – especially for work that they didn’t set themselves. But to write professionally, you will usually need to meet deadlines and requirements, that can’t be put off, for briefs you didn’t choose for yourself: even if you’re ill or feeling down, you’ll usually have to just find a way through, and get the results that are needed, to the quality that’s necessary. So the WriteMovies Creative Challenges are designed to help you find ways around the crucial issues of ‘block’.
We do this by setting a (deceptively!) simple brief, and encouraging you to use a variety of methods, approaches and creative products in order to find ways around it, and generate some kind of outcomes that might be useful to you in the future. Whatever state your mind and mood are in – energetic or tired, stimulated or bored, motivated or disengaged, etc – there are different ‘modes’ of creative productivity which you can engage, to make the best of it: editing your work if you can’t write, making notes if you can’t generate script, etc. Try a mix of methods to make the most of activities such as the Creative Challenges, especially anytime you get stuck: just keep adding notes, sketches etc freely, you can decide later whether any of them are useful! Also note that the brief is to ‘prepare’ a creative work – not to actually make it straight away, before you feel ready to! But if you’ve come away from this with a passage of prose or script or even poetry, well done!
Hopefully this activity will have shown you the potential value of our Creative Challenges, and the benefits of making a routine to complete them, and persisting with it day by day to gradually improve all aspects of your writing and to develop solutions to ‘block’, that you will become more and more proficient with over time. We recommend that you commit to fulfilling the 100-Day Creative Challenges, sharing your outputs to gain the support and feedback of other writers working on the same activities, and if you’d like expert daily feedback from us on this and much more, additional material, subscribe to the WriteMovies Academy Lite now!