1. Not all homes are good candidates for solar 2. Not everyone can afford to install solar 3. SolarShares is truly solar for all 4. Economies of scale allow it be cheaper 5. Building large solar farms is often more cost effective due to economies of scale, but require large pieces of land. 6. Innovations in both business models and technology are working together to help bring down the installed cost of solar power – market transformation. 7. Given the global market for solar power, with significant government incentives in countries such as Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, etc., the clean energy industry is booming with or without the United States.
Detractor: The expiration of the Federal tax credits for renewable energy at the end of 2008 is threatening to derail the continued growth of renewable energy industries in the United States, and forcing businesses to look outside of the US for installations beginning now.
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
solar farm tourguide
no sun at times
To explain how solar energy works
Animated 2D, DV, 3D School House Rock type film (see example YouTube videos below)
talking solar house
ignorance about solar power
To educate people on solar energy
Interview a solar farm tourguide about how it works
3D animated talking solar panel
sunny places to contrast with foggy ones
anti-solar power people
To explain how well solar energy works
Place a DV face on a solar panel (DV clip or a photo)
foggy house bad for solar then show sunny house good for solar
To show the best places for solar panels
Do a singing solar farm story where a group of roating panels explain how they work like a musical
funny inventor talking about how innovations in solar all converging to reduce price
solar panels in your area you can shoot
people who do not understand solar
To explain solar energy to kids in simple way
Play with the sound of the sun sizzling on the solar panles
rich solar home people
sunset / sunrise
cost of installing solar
Have narrator voice sound hot and sweaty
SolarShares Wallstreet type office
Shoot a bunch of slick and beautiful solar panel shots with a voice over explaining how they work
SMUD solar DV footage
Do a fake funny outragous ad for solar power
kid asking parent about how solar shares work
SMUD solar locations available for shoots
Show how a funny or interesting character's life changes by learning how solar energy works
famous solar farms
Have an ridiculous expert give a funny tour of a solar factory
the Sun as a character (how would this look?)
traveling inside a solar energy system using 3D
Play with the sun as a spiritual image where people meditate or worship it in funny ways while talking about solar POWER
funny solar expert
solar fanatic - crazy about loving sunlight
two animated solar panels talking on a roof about how they work
solar energy superhero - think up a great name!
Solar future TV show spoof - How does the new solar family house look in 2030?
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 Solar Energy Film Ideas:
1) Show a solar farmer talking about how he harvests sun power for his home and others. Then show his house all lit up with crazy electrical things like Christmas lights, rotating statues, inner disco lights, an electric fence and spot lights.
2) Play with the sun as a spiritual image where people meditate or worship it in funny ways while talking about solar POWER.
3) Do a Sun monologue where it talks about how hard it works to provide light and free energy while showing wow shots of sunsets and sunrises.
4) Do a superhero Sun story where the goal is to educate people about how wind energy works. Think of funny names such as Super Sun, Sunlight, Solar Powerman, WonderSun, Sunblast or Super Solar Woman.
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!