RESEARCH - STORY - PRODUCTION - THOUGHTS
The original concept for the story, which I wrote on the train to work, looked like this:
Children of Palestine
Two little kids are fighting (over a toy?), adult (parent?) gives the girl a teddy to stop them fighting - EXPLOSION - tanks roll in, soldiers march, one stops and harasses a civilian, girl witnesses… looks at teddy, looks at fight… goes over to soldier, tugs on coat, gives teddy, so he’ll stop fighting, soldier is left looking bewildered as the girl walks away.
There were a lot of questions that needed to be answered: What toys are they playing with? Why does mom/dad not intervene? How to believably go from the calm of the first scene to the scene with the soldier? After some discussion with my mentor and classmates I eventually arrived at a story that felt solid.