We're in the middle of our studies and I hardly have time to think. Every day I have at least eight hours of lessons and sometimes homework. But after work it's not less exciting than before! Optional seminars or events and special film shows still take place internally. Directors are invited and films are discussed. Every day I ask myself when I should do my household. I cannot postpone everything until Sunday. So far my Sundays are more hectic than the days at university. But I'm slowly getting used to the stress and I'm handling it.
Student room in the Film University Having good ideas, is one of the most important advantages when you want to become a filmmaker. Whether these are interesting characters, profound philosophy, funny situations or something completely different is up to each filmmaker. The main thing is to make something unique. And that's why you always learn how to write at the film academies.
One of the most interesting exercises, where I learned a lot about movies, are the writing exercises you always have to do during your studies. In Creative Writing, for example, there is the "Ten-Minute-Writing-Exercise".
You write ten minutes without a break, without thinking and without writing corrections! And by hand! The first question that would arise is: "About what?"... It can be about nothing! You get the good ideas with this exercise, if you really don't write about anything in particular. That's very difficult and I still can't do it very well.
I need something to start writing. But you can also start with something ridiculous. Food, dreams or memories, the main thing is that you don’t stop writing until the ten minutes are up.
If one has done this exercise often enough, deep and interesting observations will emerge at some point, or even better in my opinion, complicated, lively and exciting characters. With a small sentence (idea!), further processing and clever changes, you can tell very exciting stories.
But this is by no means a ready-made recipe and there are many different methods to write movies. But I found it very exciting and you can always do this exercise to collect ideas. Apart from whether you take it seriously or not.
When I tried to do the exercise one day, I somehow came to write about my class from primary school. It's amazing how many details I remembered. And at the end I wrote a nice story about my best school friend back then. I won't necessarily want to film it now, but maybe at some point I will!