The keys to a good story are Who, What, Where, When, Why and How.
So what questions should you be asking of yourself this week. It’s Monday morning and no doubt you will be either looking at a list you made last night or at a blank piece of paper trying to figure out what you want to achieve today and the week ahead.
Let me suggest fie things to ask that are a little beyond the to do list.
1. Who? This can be answered in so many ways from the prosaic I am Gordon O’Neill to the metaphysical I am a child of my time. Actually I am not sure I am but you get my drift. Spending a few moments thinking about who you are is not a bad thing. You are probably many different things and maybe not even the person you want to be. Getting to “who” you are means ditching a few misconceptions about who others think you. You probably won’t arrive at a definite answer but you might have a clearer idea.
2. What? When someone asks you what you what you do they asking for your occupation or your trade. That’s OK except people often judge you on what you do. I am a film maker but it is not the only thing I do. What I do is more than my occupation but it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that is all you are. It’s not you do so much more.
3. Where? We all occupy a physical space and there is nothing wrong with asking if you are in the right space. That could be where you live or work or play. Sometimes we are where we are because of habit and sometimes we need to shake ourselves out of a habit or commit to a change of space.
4. Why? Why are you doing what you are currently doing? A questioning nature is not a fault. To blindly go along without any questions is the real fault.
5. How? I make lists, all kind of lists. I write down my daily, weekly and yearly goals. What I have learnt recently is that I need to write detailed steps of how I am going to achieve those goals. What’s more I review them every day and revise them often. If I want to achieve something I need a plan, a how, I am going to achieve it.
Have a good week and remember these same questions are equally as important to video production.