First, a bit of back story:
I received a very interesting email today. It was from a film director who is looking for stories that would make good short films, and he wondered if I had any ideas:
This is an odd question, but I am a film maker looking for just the right material to make into a ground breaking short film. Perhaps I might be able to get your input and thoughts?
Oh yeah baby! My dreams of becoming a SciFi consultant were staring me in the face… but before I spewed out the names of all the short stories I thought would make wonderful films I asked him for some clarification. Here is the reply:
In short, I am looking for a short story that I adopt for a 10-15 minute short film. Although the film would be visually-driven, the story must have very strong and dramatic dialogue between two or more (real) characters.
The setting needs to futuristic. For example, as if it were taking place within a Syd Mead painting. Perhaps it can be so futuristic that it even references past architectural styles, customs, etc.
The style of the story is less important than its message and dramatic appeal.
The story could be adapted from a longer novella or novel, but the work would have to available for optioning.
What I need from you:
Given his requirements I have narrowed down my list a bit, but I thought this would make an interesting topic of discussion for this site. I am interested in what other SF readers (aka – you) think would make a good short film, so I am asking for your input.
What do you think?
You can list specific story titles if you want, or you can generalize and tell us what elements you think would need to be present in a story for it to be a good film.
Help me help Hollywood:
So please, do your part to increase awareness of great science fiction short stories by leaving a comment and letting us know which ones would make good short films. And remember – you’re suggestion could very well be taken to heart and really made into a movie! How cool would that be!