The ‘Now You Tell Your Story’ Contest

The new book Directors Tell the Story sheds inside information on what it really takes to be a director and how to develop your creative vision. Directing is all about telling stories. 


With that in mind, we’d like to hear a story from you. To participate, tell a story about the following image by posting a comment below.  The story must be 100 words or less, and entries will be judged on their creative merits.  The winner, as judged by being the most creative story, will win a free one-year subscription to FilmSkills, the visual way to learn filmmaking, as well as $100 worth of Focal Press books!


To be eligible, you must enter by September 30, 2011.  See contest rules here. Please note: comments here are not automatically posted, so it might take up to 24 hours to show.  We can’t wait to read your entry!

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   David Jones said on August 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Kasey from The Bachelor and The Bachelor Pad is standing tall, guiding and protecting the heart of anyone who dares approach his love. Unfortunately, the mystery girl (any female in the world) is creeped out by this proclamation. Thus, she sneaks out the back door of the box, forever leaving it empty. Thus, Kasey forever protects a heart that’s not actually ever there.

   Steve said on August 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

They’re coming! He knew it was only a matter of time now, but he stood ready. The king himself had bestowed upon him this honor when he awarded him the hearts medallion a fortnights past. He was the Guardian of Truths now, and he was ready to give his life in protection of the kingdoms most revered and mysterious treasure. Let them come!

   Roscoe Tanner said on August 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Oh, the kitten in the box. The kitten in the box! Why did he put the kitten in the box? And me with no opposable thumbs. I stab myself and perish.

   Richard Ogner said on August 16, 2011 at 1:59 am

” Whitey, your bravery is beyond reproach but your heart in this adventure is what I question most,” said The Cube.

“Fear not, you doubting Thomas, for I have The Jewel of Wisdom bestowed upon me by The Enchantress herself,” muttered the brave Whitey.

But as the day’s light receded from the forest, fear of failure seeped into Whitey’s throbbing heart. The thought of unraveling before his friend and questioning companion blanched him all the more.

The encroaching wild animal sounds licked at his stoic facade like a hot tongue on a fast melting frozen treat.

   Brian Skowron said on August 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

I don’t want to lean on the diagnosis anymore. I think it was a mistake to commit to it, but in 1975, there was no alternative.

I plan no crime. The enemy in this story is the criminal element. I feel persecuted by the drug cartels. I see many allies–too many for the drug cartels! Cartel violence is responsible for now 38,000 dead in the hemisphere. This is more than six times the US deaths in Afghanistan/Iraq so far….

I need allies. The illegal drug industry is maintained by the First World appetite for the product. This trickles down to us in our most helpless states, “Give me a pill, a quick-fix solution for a complex situation.” If the pill fails, you’re stuck with that diagnosis.

The schizophrenia stereotype is that the patient always hears command hallucinations with orders to kill. Don’t we ever hear things like “This is God and I’m ordering you to give a bouquet of flowers to the mailman”?

   Patrick said on August 24, 2011 at 4:53 am

They didn’t know what the hell I was or what I was capable of, so they stamped question marks on two of four sides and left me in the woods as stranded as their guilt. The yellow color attracted various rodents and birds who pecked and gnawed until the box toppled and unlatched the bottom.

Being freed from my entrapment I seeked vengeance, but quickly came to realize that I didn’t know what the hell I was and have made this my home.

   Amado de Villa said on August 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Amidst all the talk about Smallty, the little giant, he stands on guard motivated by the red heart pinned on his chest, given by his precious one, in a place that is nowhere to be found, for whatever he has left and the strength the silver chain and gold cap gives him, he is bound to protect his world hidden in a yellow square locked by a question,until the right answer is given to unlock and restore the world back to its glory, he will protect and destroy any threat, at any cost.

   Maria Bleahu said on September 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

It was a cold, dark night. The storm howled through the sky and the heavens shed tears for the fate of the world. The box that was buried deep within the bosom of the earth emerged into the soft glow of the sun as the earth awakened from her nightmare. The box she swore to keep hidden from the mortals was now unearthed, so she stitched together a daughter to protect the world from evil, using wool and rock and adorning her with pearls from oysters in the sea. Forbidden to talk to the mere mortals, her mouth was sewn…

   Jose C Gorritti said on September 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

– In my dream I am completely bandaged. I feel like my heart is waiting to be awakened to come to life. I can’t stand it. I’m a prisoner of my dreams.
Dr. Brainson is looking directly at the eyes of his patient with an inexpressive face.
– It begins with the buzz of cicadas. Then the wind touch my eyes…
The psychoanalyst suddenly exclaim with his baritone voice.
– It is highly likely that what you are experiencing is a recurring nightmare. It is the syndrome of the mummy. In my opinion you should leave the Egyptian archeology and become a gardener.

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