Hand Me Your Shirt, Next Video, and Story Structure

 

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Handmeyourshirt.com. Isaac Wright will be marketing our brand for a few days via social media as well as sporting the very first Film;Club shirt. Handmeyourshirt.com partners with Ten4Them which is a charity that provides supplies for the less advantaged sleeping in the streets on Sydney. Honestly, we don’t care if this actually pulls off as an effective marketing campaign for us, we’re all just keen to support the lads at these two companies.

In other news we also filmed our next short. I’m still unsure whether to title this one, so let me know which one is the best:
‘Midnight’
‘At Midnight’
Or
‘Midnight Murk’

So for those who read our updates you get the inside scoop. The description for the film is:

 “A man wakes his roommate up at midnight in fear that they are being robbed.”

Sound familiar? It’s kind of strange that we’ve ended up with two videos with very similar premises, but trust me, they’re different in content. I wrote this one whereas Tim was behind Bubble Trouble. You should begin to see our different writing styles.

I don’t think that it’s a problem that this has happened. There’s plenty of movies that have exceptionally similar plots, like ‘Olympus has Fallen’ and ‘White House Down’, neither of which I saw but you get my point. You know what’s even crazier? The structure and formula which most movies and stories follow.

Put into words by both Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler in their “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” and “The Writers Journey” respectively. It’s quite interesting to study the general Three Act Structure. Try applying that to any film you can think of and see if it fits. There’s no rule that says you must follow that specific order, but it’s what people have followed for centuries. Kurt Vonnegut is also good at putting all of this into perspective if you’re much more of an audio-visual learner.
 

Knowing how stories are made gives you a better understanding of why you did or didn’t like a movie/story. I’ve left the cinema a few times in the past few years questioning “So what did the hero learn or sacrifice?” and if it’s nothing, I realise that they’re a bad hero because they never sacrifice themselves for anyone. How am I supposed to root for this main character if they never do anything heroic? Which is how I think we end up with shows like ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and antiheroes and the likes, that kind of “bad-good guy” who we know we would hate to have as a friend in real life but man they’re cool.

That’s all I’ve got this time around.

Maybe next time someone else from Film;Club could write some sweet nothings for you all. I like writing these, I sort of get to understand and see what I do actually know about making films. I didn’t plan to talk about story writing but here we are, at the end of the post.

Much love,
Jon Brennan