Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video About exposition and narration, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- Exposition is the background information…that the audience needs to understand the story.…Exposition is one of the big challenges of writing…any movie, especially a fantasy film,…and even more especially a short fantasy film.…One of the things that new writers often do…is have two characters have a conversation…right at the beginning of the story…and they just dump all that information…on the audience at once.…But dispensing just a little bit of the exposition at a time…and teasing the audience with that…can be a great way to increase audience engagement.…
The best example of this, in my opinion, in recent memory,…is in David Fincher's "Gone Girl"…with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.…Because Fincher only tells you a little of the story…at a time, your opinion of the characters…and your perception of the story changes wildly.…And that journey is super fun because of the brilliant…and temperate release of exposition.…In "The Assurance", in order to understand the film at all,…there had to be lots of exposition.…
. Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Watch the follow-up episodes to learn more about pre-production, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Finding your story
- Building a character arc
- Identifying story beats
- Borrowing from archetypes
- Writing a fantasy film
- Using screenwriting software such as Final Draft and Adobe Story
- Polishing the script
- Understanding screenplay formatting
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
1. Story Basics
2. Getting Ideas
3. Creating a Fantasy World
4. Writing the Story
5. Writing the Screenplay
6. Improving the Script
7. Rewriting the Script
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