Given that this week was just an introduction to the Screenwriting course and the notes that I took were quite vague and lacked detail (on my part), this post will be really short.
This week, the class was questioned on the fundimental aspect of what a short film was. Ultimately, that ended with a few points being addressed on the board.
1. Cheaper to produce. 2. More flexable as to what the structure of the story could be. 3. Ability in developing and portraying Story and/or Character within a shorter duration.
With that, examples of Gillies' short films were shown to the class and all of them had one aspect in common. One or two words spoken/written or no speech whatsoever. The films had rather fresh stories and were short in duration - almost a challenge for us to do the same thing and have a chance in succeeding in getting our films into festivals - as Gillies had with Kitty & Admit One.
When it comes to stories for films to shoot for the year, I am thinking of the "speaking truth to power" elements of which would benefit the development of a character. Perhaps she is a wise granny who isn't afraid of being frank about what things were really like back in history. Someone like June Squibb's character from Alexander Payne's Nebraska (2013), who had, with great performance and a sense of attitude, told everyone in a scene to "go fuck themselves". It's weird and different, considering Squibb's character was "catholic" - but suppose not every religious person is that pure; a stereotype probably portrayed in most creative texts (maybe, don't know).
Talking about that last point - the idea of predictability arose in conversations quite a few times. It's bad, obviously, because an entire audience will lose interest, probably dislike it, and therefore result in a film being long forgotten and lost. If you're lucky, it may be rediscovered if it was good enough for being mocked by younger generations and being held as a "cult classic". *not all cult classics are incredibly shit.
The point made there, was to write stories that weren't following the norm, writing about something personal, approaching a pre-existing concept in a different angle or tripping your audience up, letting them slip on their faces, to see that things weren't as what they thought they were.