I love the TV show 24.
I really just discovered it about a year ago (I know, I’m late to the game) and binge watched the whole series over the course of a couple months.
The show is brilliant in that each episode only deals with one hour of what is usually a very long day.
But each hour is jam packed–over the course of one hour Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) might discover a murder, in the next hour he realizes the murder is a cover-up for a plot to attack the White House, and an hour later finds out that the scheme was planned out by a shadow government organization led by the Vice President–it’s all very exciting!
The writers of 24 know that they need to get you from Point A to Point B in just 24 hours, which is usually quite a big leap. But that is also part of what makes it exciting.
So they have broken down that timeline hour by hour and carefully plotted out each step to get you there.
And it’s done in such a way that you can just pick right up where you left off. Each episode ends on some sort of cliffhanger that makes it easy for you to get excited and just jump right in to the next one.
I’ve noticed that the best filmmakers do something similar when they plan their productions.
They know they need to take a huge leap to get from this idea (Point A) to a finished film (Point B). And the best filmmakers give themselves a tight deadline for finishing a film.
There’s a lot of obvious reasons for deadlines, like budgets and people’s schedules.
But the most important reason is that a deadline forces you to be creative and get things done. That’s why things like the 48 Hour Film Project are so great–you HAVE to get something done in a very short window of time.
And the best filmmakers plot out their pre-production schedule as methodically as the writers of 24 plot out their episodes, because if you want to get from Point A to Point B in a short time, you need to get your all your bases covered and kill off anything that stops you from being dangerously efficient.
Anyway, if you want more tips on becoming a better filmmaker make sure you check out this free training video I created. It won’t turn you into Jack Bauer, but it may help you work better with actors on the set of your next film.
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I love the TV show 24.