May 10, 2015

writing blog
This week we’re trying something new – a real-time experiment into the process of writing + coming up with ideas.


Writing does not come naturally to me. Give me a math problem, a computer program, I can handle it. But ask me to write a script or come up with ideas for a sketch? That’s tough.   But how can I expect to be any good at writing if I’ve never given myself a chance to learn?  Sure, some people will find it easier naturally, but I believe anything can be learned and practiced if you give it a good chance.



As I was trying to find an idea, I kept telling myself to keep it simple. I think this played a big part in driving me to the idea of a film that questions the ‘American Dream’ lifestyle. Hard work leads to success and happiness, right?  I’ve always been a hard worker, but I do often wonder whether I’m not saving enough space for life in the work-life balance.

My short film will tell the story of an almost Olympic cyclist who decides to give up the dream, for good reason.

I think. It’s really early days (the idea is less than 12hrs old) so everything could change.

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If you watch just one video about storytelling, it should be this one.
“Make the audience put things together. Don’t give them 4, give them 2+2.”
So much to learn from this guy.

I love these film breakdowns.

This is a brilliant overview of the 3 act structure, told in a very engaging way, with great examples.

Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Kervin Batista

    Hey hello there Simon.
    Thanks for all the info…
    Do you use any kind of teleprompter when talking to the camera?

    • You’re welcome, Kervin! nope, I prefer to keep it more natural :)

  • Mark Patten

    Really enjoyed your YT presentation that me here to watch the TED Talk piece. I have watched, and learned many things from your blog. Kudos my young friend. I believe you will attain your goals in life the the current attitude and strategies you are exploring. Best wishes for your adventures.


    • Really glad you’re learning lots! Thanks for the encouragement, and all the best to you too!

  • Niklas Seehausen
  • Ally Tiger

    hey simon am from Tanzania east africa i realy learn many things in youra YT chanel thanks bro

  • Daniyar Seisenov

    Hey Simon, I’m a big fan of your videos and your works. Many thanks from LA!

  • Sydney Orellano

    Hey Simon, i’m from Belize thank you for the videos it helps me out a lot..!

  • hey Simon do you go through any web hosting service to maintain your website?

    • Yeah – I use ‘JustHost’ for hosting + the domain :)

  • Nitti Sharma

    hii Simon thanks for all your videos

  • Jake

    Hi Simon what is the best editing software for Windows

  • Shivkiran Daingade

    Very practical and useful videos Simon ….kiran from London

  • Shivkiran Daingade

    I am very much interested in learning practical work ..let me know if you need any crew members while shooting on locations …

  • Sudarshan Chintapatla

    Hey Simon! Thanks for all those realistic ideas and suggestions for Amateur Filmmakers. I’ve been looking for a past few months about the writing process. I’am getting some ideas in mind and then I’m jotting them down. But when I want to write a script say a short or a feature, I’m not able to elaborate the idea like how to start the idea what kind of story should be build what kind of characters should be created to convey the idea what kind of screenplay it should require. So my concern is how to convert an idea into a script. If you could take your time and make a video on this it would be very helpful for all of those budding writers.

    Best Regards…

  • WangleLine

    Could you post your other ideas somewhere? I am in search of an idea, even if it’s not good enough for your taste :D