The six hats | In-depth

After many hours of looking, I was finally able to find someone to converse with about my short film. His name is Vincent, and I recorded our conversation and transcribed about 5 minutes of it (shown below). The V’s before the text means that Vincent is talking, and the S’s mean that I’m talking. I’ve coloured different parts of the conversation to represent the six hats which are:

White hat: Information

Red hat: Emotions

Black hat: Critical thinking and judging information

Yellow hat: Values/benefits

Green hat: Creativity/ideas

Blue hat: Focus


V: I’m really excited to talk to you about your film ideas and where you want to take it, so I guess we’ll discuss your ideas and I can give you some suggestions on how you’re gonna create thisĀ film.

S: Yeah so, my story is about this guy and he loses his wife in an accident and it starts with this poem… and it’s about him knowing that she’s dead but he doesn’t remember the experience and doesn’t know how she died.

V: That’s a good idea. I like the mystery of it, so does he slowly piece together that he’s the killer?

S: Yeah.

V: Okay so let’s talk about setting… do you want the entire film to take place in one constant time or… actually first how long do you want the movie to be?

S: I’d like it to be standard short-film time… like 7-8 minutes.

V: 7-8 minutes? Ok, that’s do-able. I would assume the whole thing is about interrogating the guy who killed his wife?

S: Yeah, right. So I wanted to have the interrogation in one scene but as the character is figuring out that he killed his wife he’s having flashbacks. So the audience can piece together that he actually killed her, as he’s figuring it out as well.

V: Yeah I really like that. It makes the audience ease into it and feel more comfortable, but you don’t want them to feel too comfortable though. Maybe put bits and pieces throughout the film hinting to him killing his wife? Like, the viewers could grasp what’s happening but if they watch it a second time they can pick up even more details that they didn’t see before. You don’t want the audience to have too much control or expect everything or else they’ll become uninterested in the film. So try not to make it seem too cliche or organized. So back to setting, if you’re gonna have it all in one scene, something you want to pay attention to is lighting. Since you’re gonna have more than one scene, it could be cool to have some scenes darker than others; or maybe even have the lighting get darker as the movie progresses. You can convey a lot of emotion through light, like if the light gets darker and darker that can hint at the character’s emotions through the film, like darker light conveys confusion and this kinda slow feeling. Do you know what I mean?

S: Yeah I really like that idea.

V: Also, for the interrogation scene, did you want two interrogators? If you have two it might be interesting to see how they interact with each other and make the main character remember more things.

S: I was originally thinking about one interrogator, because I think that having three characters would be tricky to squeeze into 8 minutes while trying to maintain character development and all of that.

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