Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Ensuring everything matters, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- I should preface this tutorial by saying…that this tutorial is only my opinion…and not necessarily something that is…or should be done in every film.…If your preferences are more for European or indie cinema,…you might especially disagree with me here.…But I think scripts are more powerful…when everything coheres…and when everything has a purpose.…The famous Russian playwright Anton Chekhov…is quoted as saying…"Remove everything that has no relevance to the story.…"If you say in the first chapter…"that there is a rifle hanging on the wall,…"in the second or third chapter…"it absolutely must go off.…
"If it's not going to be fired,…"it shouldn't be hanging there."…Now, for me at least, this idea of tying everything together…serves two purposes.…For one, it makes the whole story…and the accompanying film…feel more cohesive and purposeful.…But it also makes sure that you're using…every opportunity to tell a better story.…In the earliest concepts of The Assurance,…we had Cordea wandering in the wilderness on horseback.…
. 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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