The youth workers tried various methods they can use to help young people spike up their creativity and come up with ideas for films, videos or any other form of story telling. Some methods are more creative bound and some focus on more technical approaches to filmmaking.
To practice idea stimulation and experiment brainstorming, we used a method called “Inverted Brainstorming”. The idea is to come up with the worst movie idea possible. The low-pressure that comes with not having to do something perfect, allows participants to completely let go and brainstorm freely (as it should be done).
Another method we tried is called “A room full of people” where each participant has to come up with his own individual character, its traits, backgrounds and personal stories. Then participants put these characters together in improvised scenes (at the cafe, or waiting in line in the supermarket) and let the story flow through the characters interaction. The audience can make suggestions while the “players” act it out. A possible variation of this that can be done outdoors is to take a walk as a group and let participants make “real-time pictures” in the locations they pass by, and then the other participants come up with stories based on their imagination.
To practice story boarding, we use the method “Comic Story” where the idea is to draw your movie idea as a comic book. This is a more technical method as it is a standard in the filmmaking industry. The point is to visualize your movie before you start filming it and decide how it will look.