Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating shadow characters, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
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- [Chad] I really like writing shadow characters.…Shadow characters are mysterious characters…you can't quite figure out, are they good or bad?…Sometimes, these characters kind of weave…back and forth morally or do things…that alternatively help or hurt the protagonist…or maybe they're just out for themselves,…so sometimes they're aligned with their…protagonist and sometimes they aren't.…The point of a shadow character is to keep…the audience guessing as to what's gonna happen.…And any time you can keep the audience…interested and curious in your film,…or your characters, about what's gonna happen,…the better off it's gonna be.…
In the Princess Bride, the Dread Pirate Roberts…is a shadow character when we first meet him.…We hear the terrible rumors about him,…but we see that the villains are also afraid of him.…- [Vizzini] Inconceivable.…- [Chad] So that's good.…He's also pursuing the guy that stole the princess.…But why? Does he want to hurt her or help her?…It's a fun mystery because we don't know…what side of the fence this guy's on.…
. 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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