In the dark fantasy short film The Assurance, the theme of gender was prominent. Gender roles in fantasy films usually call for male protagonists, so The Assurance flips that genre convention on its head and has female protagonists. Independent film has the power to be more subversive with stereotypes and conventions.
- Another theme in The Assurance that I found interesting…was that of gender.…Typically, fantasy movies are stories about men,…written by men for male audiences,…but because this is an independent short…I have more freedom to explore more variations…on the traditions of that genre,…and in this case,…actually I was inspired by Lynda Weinman,…the co-creator and namesake of Lynda.com.…Years before I was an author here…I was a subscriber,…and I've learned so much through the years,…so I think it's really fitting…that there's a fantasy movie that defies genre conventions…and is essentially about a woman that saves the world…by sharing her knowledge,…kind of like an exaggerated metaphor of Lynda.com itself,…and also to emphasize the theme of gender…we made all of the other named characters in the film male.…
We also made those male characters a little villainous,…with the exception of the preacher…who was intended to be a shadow character.…Now, normally I think it's a little ridiculous…to make everyone of a certain gender, race,…
Watch and learn how to shoot a script, using visual motifs, atmospherics, framing, and different types of shots to tell the film's story. Find out how to give direction to your crew and be a good leader, while staying on budget and on schedule. Plus, get tips to improve shots during retakes or in post, and to become a better director, storyteller, and communicator.
Note: Like the rest of the Creating a Short Film series, this course was shot during the production of The Assurance. It offers a unique window into the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Find the rest of the courses in the series on Chad's author page.
- What a director does
- Interpreting the script
- Scouting locations
- Choosing the tone and theme of the film
- Using motifs
- Shaping the story through visuals
- Being a good leader on set
- Respecting budgets and schedules
- Planning shots
- Moving the camera: on a tripod or dolly or in handheld shots
- Using rolling takes
- Framing shots
- Adding atmospherics
- Directing in post-production
- Becoming a better director
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
1. Preparing for Production
2. Themes and Tone
3. Shaping the Story
4. Running the Set
5. Planning Shots in a Scene
6. Getting the Shot
7. Improving the Shot
8. Directing in Post-Production
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