1. Customers self generate to meet their own energy needs 2. Distributed generation harvests a local resource 3. Small wind can combine with solar to balance resource availability, given wind blows more in the evening whereas sun shines in the day.
Detractor: Some may say wind turbines in neighborhoods are ugly, similar to issues the solar industry faces re: solar on rooftops, homeowner association rules banning such things (not allowed in CA)
After the chart below of random story ideas, there are some ways to combine them into fast film scripts and example films to watch for more ideas. These environmental story ideas for student short films are evolving and will be added to over the course of the next year.
Any questions or story feedback requests from this group of schools can be sent via email. Please put DASP Story, SMUD Story or TOY Story in the subject line, so that I know your email is not junk mail, and let me know which school you attend. It would also be helpful to know who the main character is, their plot goal, antagonist, theme and conflict for your story idea if possible to help with the feedback process. Please thank MyFlik in your film credits if you end up using any story ideas we help inspire.
Visual Story Ideas
no wind at times
To explain how wind energy works
Animated 2D, DV, 3D School House Rock type film (see example YouTube videos below)
funny people who have custom wacky windmill setups
extreme wind community
ignorance about wind power
To educate people on wind energy
Interview a windmill about how it works
windmills being dressed up to look pretty and blend into backgrounds
anti-wind power people
To explain how well wind energy works
Place a DV face on a windmill DV clip or a photo
combination energy homes (solar/ wind) with characters who give funny tours
farm or town with lots of windmills
To show the best places for windmills
Do a singing windmill farm story where a group of windmills explain how they work like a musical
windmill haters support group meeting
windmills in your area you can shoot
people who do not understand machines
To explain wind energy to kids in simple way
Play with the sound of windmills and wind in story
custom windmill builders trying to make their products look better
Merge narrator voice with the sounds of wind gusts
windmill maintance workers talking about how they try to make the windmills look better
windmills in a storm
Shoot a bunch of slick and beautiful windmill shots with a voice over explaining how they work
wind power plant
Do a fake ad for wind power
kid asking parent about how windmills work
SMUD windmill locations available for shoots
Show how a funny or interesting character's life changes by learning how wind energy works
stuffy people who look down on windmills
Have an ridiculous expert give a funny tour of a wind farm
the Wind as a character (how would this look?)
traveling inside a wind energy system using 3D
funny wind expert
wind fanatic - crazy about loving wind
two windmills talking on a hill about how they work
wind energy superhero - think up a great name!
birds flying explaining to other birds how wind power works
School House Rock Film Examples: The following cartoon short films "How A Bill Becomes A Law" and "Conjunction Junction" are great ways to convey a process with of lots of information at once. How can you update the look and feel of the films below using DV, 2D and 3D combinations or styles? How could you come up with a catchy song that rhymes to explain how windmills work?
Fast Wind Energy Film Ideas:
1) Show a series of funny people who have custom wacky windmill setups. Use Photoshop to create ridiculous looking windmills.
2) Show maintence workers painintg windmills to look like part of background.
3) Show a funny house with lots of little windmills power little things.
4) Do a superhero windmill story where the goal is to educate people about how wind energy works. Think of funny names such as Wonder Windmill, Super Gust, Wind Wonder, Breeze, Gust or WindmillMan.
Watch some movies below from the online Story Engine on Storytelling Goals, Creating Themes and Using Symbols and Metaphors. These short films are samples from the new 20 hour step-by-step "Writing A Great Script Fast" DVD Workshop:
Follow along and create a great film or story idea fast! Download the Workbook PDF fileor DOC file to edit. You can also use a notebook or paper and the Online Workbook or watch it in 20 Steps.
Below are some sample movies from the 94 minute version above on Storytelling Goals, Creating Themes and Using Symbols and Metaphors. These short films are part of the new 20 hour step-by-step "Writing A Great Script Fast" DVD Workshop:
Learn how to include themes in your films and stories in this free sample movie from the new step-by-step "Writing A Great Script Fast" DVD Workshop:
Learn how to use Metaphors and Symbols in your films, animations or stories from the new step-by-step "Writing A Great Script Fast" DVD Workshop:
Writing A Great Script Fast Makes Screenwriting Easy!