Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Borrowing from archetypes, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- How many times have you gone to the movies,…and been let down because it feels like you've seen…the exact same movie a dozen times before?…Ideas have been recycled so much,…that us writers tend to swear off anything…that's ever been done before,…in the name of creating something that's…completely new and original.…But this tutorial is a plea that you might…rethink that plan a little bit.…There are so many archetypes of story,…archetypes of character, archetypes of relationships,…they've been around for decades, sometimes centuries.…
These archetypes have been around for so long,…because they're very accurate and honest.…And if they seem generic, it's only because…they aren't done well.…Let's look at story archetypes, for example.…The Wizard of Oz is essentially a story…about a young person that doesn't like it at home,…but once they get sent far away,…will do anything to get back home.…This is also the plot of Back to the Future.…But I seriously doubt that many people sat there,…in the theater, watching Back to the Future, and said…
. 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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