Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Identifying story beats, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- So you flushed out your logline into three acts.…Now it's time to delve a little deeper…into the components in each act.…Throughout each act, there are events that happen…that turn the story in a different direction.…These are called story beats.…Now, just be aware the term beat in the filmmaking world…is used to describe all kinds of things.…It's actually pretty confusing.…There are beats in acting or emotional beats,…or even, you could call a pause in action a beat.…But, in this tutorial, we're only using beat…to refer to a shift in the story.…
We talked earlier about the inciting incident.…This is an example of a story beat…that occurs in Act 1.…The moment that the protagonist decides to go…on the main quest of the film, and we move into Act 2,…is also an important beat.…Oftentimes when the protagonist is presented their quest…in Act 1, they think about and wrestle with it…for a little while.…They might even flat out turn it down initially.…Some authors have called this the debate beat,…or the refusal of the call beat.…
. 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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