• Once in awhile I like to challenge myself to do a story in 3 pages - beginning, middle and end, one page each.
     
    This allows me to spend time on developing a shorthand for characters and setups that have dense underlying material. Sure, this one is about a dad yelling at his daughter. But more than that, it's about a single parent trying to chase his dreams (as a screenwriter) while taking care of his pride and joy (his family).
    On the technical side, this forces me to rely on setting and shot choice to communicate. How can I populate his office to make his career clear before it's even mentioned? How can I echo the free spirit of his daughter in her environment?