Cinema; the thought of it, the emotions, Heroes, heroines, action sequences, the story and what not brings great feelings. Cinemas are made of stories. Stories are mostly about love, good verses bad, heart touching, memorable actions, twists, turns and melodrama. We see people making movies for mainstream audience and some young aspiring artists making movies for online channels such as YouTube, waiting for a big break.
Stories are created from live events, from the rich imagination of some, some follow the proven formula, some come from historical events and some follow a template theme. One such template is called “story spine”, originally created by playwright Author Kenn Adams, is a tool for creating well-structured stories. The template helps to quickly build a story. It consists of
The platform. Examples..
Once upon a time….
A man walking on a road ..
But one day..
Suddenly something happened to the man walking on the road..
Because of that….
The Man started chasing another man
The man stopped the other and said “hello friend”…
Ever since then..
The moral of the story is..
The man and the friend both went to a restaurant and recollect their memories.
Then there is another way of building stories , called what story, how story and why story.
What story. They simply tell what happened
A story about an incidence that happened in a village….
A story about a family that saw their ancestors…
Boy meets a girl and falls in love but friends don’t like it….
How story. Stories that tell how that happened.
There is a big hole made in a haunted house.. Villagers are thinking how that could be..
how are ancestors show up like that …
How can friends think the boy should not love the girl..
Why story, analysis of the issue.
Villagers found some ancient coins near that house…
Why are the ancestors interested in that house…
When the boy talked to the friends they told a story about their childhood incidence…
So by having a template like above we can make our imagination work to create stories. Modern cinemas are now made using cutting edge technologies and are influenced by modern society’s change of tastes.
Now being a Software guy I thought of creating a cinema template in the form of a flow chart. I’m using Microsoft word flow chart diagrams , so there will be a limit to my imaginations. But let me try.
The idea is to create a flow chart which can give us multiple choices for a particular theme. The flow chart enables us to come up with several logical conclusions while building some complex themes. So this template will be quite useful to test different ideas with a particular theme.
To create some great stories the trick is not to use the language Cinema people use. We have to change the language in order to come up with more creative stories. one such tip is to select a word and build a story on that word. For example in my flowchart i used a word called “Whisper”.
I know there are experts on movies but I just want the movie makers to know that we can use innovative way of building stories. Ultimately I love to watch movies that are refreshing, touch the raw nerve, memorable, different and at the same time make me laugh. I made a story while building this template but want you, the reader to build on the different choices I gave for the story to build your own story out of it. Please do write your conclusions to the story i created as comments…
During the year of 2006-2007 I was working on some great projects for companies such as Rolls Royce in Sweden and Companies in US travelling between these countries and to India where my family moved. I was so involved in the projects that I did not see the Recession trends that are happening in US economy and did not realize that it will impact our work. 2007 year was worst in US corporate history with many employees laid off. That was tension filled days and every day there were news about employees laid off or company’s closing down. Nortel telecommunication is one such company that closed its operations and many brilliant people are laid off. The people who lost jobs are some of the most brilliant and have potential to start their own enterprises.
Me and one of my good friends had an idea of bringing these laid off people to a single platform and allow them to share ideas so that it can translate to new opportunities for them and new companies can evolve. So we started a website and outsourced website development work to an Indian company. We did not bother to check the credentials of the company and the company did not give us a good site to start with and we failed badly to start our company in the right way. We failed to capture that opportunity of starting our own company in US
I know “trying” is more important than “failing”. And when I do make mistakes, I use them as learning experiences, asking, “What did I do wrong, and how can I do it better next time?”
In our life we fail many times. We hear many failure stories of people around us. Some are love failures. Some fail to get jobs, Some failed to learn Languages, Some fail in their jobs and some failed to have good health and some failed in running a start-up company well. If you look back into history there are so many who failed but have risen to high levels of success. Apple computer Steve Jobs is one such person.
Failure is not final. It is an awkward, uncomfortable, anxiety-filled portion of your life; it is not your whole life. It isn’t who you are, it’s what happened to you, and once you get that distinction, then you realize, “I can change that. I can come back. I can do again.”
Don’t try to hide your mistakes. Admit them, and then learn and grow from them. When our attitudes are right, failure actually helps and improves us. It gives us a chance to correct our mistakes and sometimes makes us Humble.
Looking back on our experiences allows us to integrate them into our present time, allowing us to act with a little more wisdom .
So when you come across the fortune of failure don’t think that it is fatal or final. It is just one positive step in the direction of successful path that lay ahead to you my friend.. Keep trying and do your best. Let your quality work decide your fate
Here are some Quotes / stories to inspire you
Abraham Lincoln said “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” And he was a man who knew defeat. He was born into poverty. The only education he received he acquired himself. He failed in business, and he was defeated numerous times before becoming president of US
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” –Chinese quote
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston churchill
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Rohn
William A. Ward said, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.”
Successful leaders don’t avoid failure. They “handle” it –successfully.
The bottom line is that “failing to try” is the greatest failure anyone can experience. If we don’t make the attempt, we cannot succeed.