Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the theme, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- One of the things that movies do to touch us…on a deeper level is to have a theme,…some underlying concept…that it wrestles with in order…to give the film more meaning.…Themes are great, but honestly,…they kind of drive me crazy a little bit.…No one, no writer, no writing teacher,…no author, no one really agrees on a standard…definition of a theme or what that truly means,…but everyone acts like…their definition is the definition.…Some treat theme like the moral of the story…a lesson that needs to be taught to the audience,…like in Aesop's Fables or something.…
Like, don't put work before your family…might be a theme in The Shining.…Others see theme like it's an issue…to be wrestled with,…like a political or moral issue of the day.…For example, the Godfather movies dealt…with the idea of loyalty to family…above all else.…Citizen Kane wrestled with the idea…of obtaining power and what that does…to our innocence.…Some writers feel that the theme…should be out in the open and obvious,…but some feel like that gets too blatant or preachy.…
. 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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