Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Contrasting beginnings and endings, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
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- The contrast between the beginning and the end of a film…often tells a powerful story on its own.…Often this is literally the opening frame…and the final frame.…The power of this convention is that…it really helps drive home…the distance that we've traveled through the film.…The opening shot of the Wizard of Oz shows…Dorothy running home from Ms. Gulch's house.…And when she gets there, her family kind of ignores her.…The end shows Dorothy after symbolically getting away…from the witch and running home,…kinda like she did in the beginning of the film,…but now her family is extremely interested in her.…
In the beginning of the film,…she wanted to go somewhere over the rainbow,…really far away.…But the end of the film, she says:…- I'm not going to leave here ever, ever again!…Because I love you all.…Oh, Auntie Em.…There's no place like home.…- Returning to the sepia tone reminds us of the beginning…and the feelings that Dorothy felt then.…And that mirror image of the beginning…and the ending of the film…really shows us how much Dorothy has changed…
. 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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