So my biggest worry and issue during this whole process has been locking down a strong and definite story. I think I've finally worked myself up into enough of a panic, that I finally decided to cut down length of the story which really helped set me in the right direction.
I've overhauled the story for the how-every-many-th time now, but this time I finally see something that will stick.
Fine you jerk, but why?
My basic thought process began with the obvious realization that I needed to cut down the film if I wanted to be realistic about finishing this bad boy and graduating on time. This worked to my benefit, because all of the story ideas I really loved couldn't be contained in 3.5 minutes.
I then, after going through a number of thesis films, and even short films, finally convinced myself that I didn't need to create a narrative story with beginning/middle/end and all the fun story archs etc. Instead, I could do something short and fun.
Drawing from a mixture of the Monster's University "Imagine You at MU" video, as well as other commercial spoofs, bad infomercials, crappy homemade ads, etc. I came up with my latest story.
Meta, camp counselor at Camp Villa,IN creates a promo video to attract new campers to his prestigious super-villain summer camp!
I also see this as an opportunity to promote the idea behind the film, being a super-villain summer camp, which I believe would make an awesome movie, while keeping the time down, and not trying to create the "perfect story" in 3-5 min.
I plan to do this an a "home video" style as if it were filmed in the 80's (film grain, washed out colors, handheld camera motion, mullets?)