Outlining A Prison Dream Story

Story guru Tom Vaughan helps outline a story based on a prison dream. The
short story (by Per Holmes) is a decent idea, but it has unclear motivations
and very little character evolution. On this episode of Prep Show, we try to
turn this into a well-rounded story. Tristan Ofield joins us to help pitch in ideas.

Outlining A Prison Dream Story

Story guru Tom Vaughan helps outline a story based on a prison dream. The short story (by Per Holmes) is a decent idea, but it has unclear motivations and very little character evolution. On this episode of Prep Show, we try to turn this into a well-rounded story. Tristan Ofield joins us to help pitch in ideas.

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Tom Vaughan IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1129343/

Tom Vaughan’s Website: http://www.storyandplot.com

Tristan Ofield IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3138635/

Episode Outline

0:00 - Intro
1:25 - Introducing the story
7:26 - What is the story about?
9:12 - How long would the short film be?
11:03 - What is the dramatic question?
14:03 - Where are the stakes?
14:38 - A completely different take
18:55 - Is the beginning needed?
21:58 - The other characters
24:45 - Withhold that it's a dream?
31:09 - What defines the main character?
40:39 - Putting in some beats
43:45 - The big character change
51:31 - Are other character aspects of himself?
1:00:29 - Owning the character's sensitivity
1:07:55 - Does he know who he is?
1:12:22 - Picking an angle
1:23:37 - Story questions
1:24:58 - Antagonist
1:36:29 - Wrapping up
1:44:48 - Final thoughts

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