destruction, welled up emotions overflowing
List any Symbols and/or Metaphors
ideas for your story in the following areas:
items, flags, T-shirts, games art in room, statues, furniture style,
shape of windows, magazines, pictures, weapons, wall hangings, books,
instruments, pets, cars, people, houses.
Background sounds, songs atmospheric music bed, music in scenes,
street noises, weather sounds, sirens, people crying/laughing/screaming
in the next room, weird unexplainable sounds, heaters, equipment,
natural sounds, animals, event sounds.
The color of everything in the frame may mean something.
Words. Heard in dialogue
or appearing on sets or otherwise onscreen.
Character types. People who
represent the theme or plot to the extreme (positive or negative,
even an extreme mix of the two).
lights, light sources, brightness, lighting subjects specific to
metaphor. Good characters may be in bright light, whereas evil characters
may be darkly lit. Quality of light (time of day as a metaphor).
Glows around certain characters, face-lighting strategies to evoke
emotion, source of light (sun, spaceship, flaming building) as metaphor,
spinning ambulance lighting in room to represent emergency situation.
of characters and metaphoric objects inside the frame to represent
relationships. Where are your characters in relationship to each
other metaphorically? You could have three characters who form a
love triangle standing around a fire to represent a secret affair
about to be uncovered. What metaphoric items surround the characters?
Are they talking while walking through a field of sunflowers or
in between cactuses? What metaphoric objects could you place between
characters to show relationship or emotional state during a scene?
Two characters on opposite sides of the frame with knives hanging
on the wall between them may represent conflicting emotions.
Fables. How could
you interject little stories into scenes to show plot, theme or
character? You might want to have just pictures of parable characters
or allude to them visually through stuffed animals, statues, paintings,
cartoons, or drawings on the set. Try to think of new ways to incorporate
parables visually into your films. Perhaps you could make your own
little cartoon fable to play on a TV in the background during a
scene. You might make up your own original Aesop-type fable, which
the characters could discuss, see in a play or on TV, read in book,
hear about in dialogue, or be relayed by a magical object. Create
a fable or use an existing one.
Settings: Location as character
does the setting say about the mood of each scene? A conversation
in a junkyard has a different context than one at the top of the
about how all of these places below feel different symbolically
when you think about them:
monuments, natural settings (swamps, waterfalls, caves, rivers,
ocean, desert), cities with different personalities, small-town
local flavor, visual themes, types of businesses, geographical themes,
amusements parks, clubs, bars, graveyards, temples, stores, abstract
interpretations of the Internet, art galleries, circus tents, fantasy
to new beginning, entrance to heaven or hell (depending on the
experiences, hidden things, family patterns
life, comfort, similar to others (conformity)