Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a “mystery box”, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- At the very end of this course, I'm gonna give you…a list of my favorite writing resources.…But I'm gonna jump the gun a little bit here…and tell you about one of my favorites.…In 2007, writer-director J.J. Abrams…gave a TED talk about mystery boxes.…These are basically mysteries that…writers create to keep the audience hooked,…because it's like a box they can't open.…When you make an audience curious,…they are interested and engaged and more…susceptible to having a powerful reaction to your story.…One of the examples J.J. Abrams used…was one of his own in the TV show "Lost,"…when those that crash-landed on a…tropical island saw a polar bear.…
- Guys, this isn't just a bear.…(bear softly growls)…It's a polar bear.…- A perfect example.…They don't mention it again on the show…for quite a while, but you keep tuning in…looking for the answer to what the heck…that polar bear was doing on a tropical island.…That polar bear was a mystery box, in Abrams' own language.…As with "Lost," "Back to the Future"…creates an interesting mystery box…
. 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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