LEONARDO DA VINCI
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Tell a simple story well, at least at first. Like the guitarist who picks out his melody
carefully, with softly-worded lyrics. Compare him to the screamer who strums so loudly you can't
even tell if he knows how to play the darn thing. You want to be the guy who's so convinced them
you've mastered your story that they hang on every word. Set everything up carefully, but not so
many things you lose track (or they're sure to). Play it out even more carefully, only moving on
once your note has been struck. Know what you're doing every step of the way.
Consider . .
- reducing characters to the bare minimum needed to tell your story
- keeping settings to the absolute least needed to make your story work
- eliminating all sub-plots
- adhering to the three unities of Aristotle, those of time, action, and place
- applying Occam's razor to your story
Learn to play the flute on a street corner, focusing on the basics, until you're a virtuoso. Then
they'll invite to join the orchestra (and be glad to have you).
The brilliance of your film might derive from its simplicity. You can always trying getting