When you have worked out what the competition’s themes mean to you, and which one(s) you’d like to include in your film, it’s time to start thinking how you would like to explore this idea in a 2-minute film. Keep in mind that what you are making is very different from traditional film and television. When you’ve only got two minutes, you need to make every shot count! As part of the brainstorming process, you could talk to people, and ask them what they think of when asked to share a memory.
Narrative: Even a film as short as two minutes will need to have a beginning, middle and end. The opening shot is very important and should help to set the tone of your film. In the first few seconds, you will need to introduce a character and present them with some kind of challenge or obstacle to overcome. The story pushes forward as they try to obtain this goal until, in the final seconds of your film, they achieve what they set out to.
Documentary: A documentary could be used to explore the theme of memory. If you are creating a documentary, think of something interesting to do with ‘memory’ that you could explore. Conduct interviews or vox pops with appropriate people. When you are shooting a documentary, it’s very important to capture B-roll, which is footage that helps to illustrate a story. During your interview you can cut away to this footage so that your audience isn’t stuck watching a talking head for two minutes.
Animation: Although animation can be challenging and time consuming, it can allow you to take your audience to places that traditional filmmaking can’t. Keep this in mind when coming up with your idea for the animation.