Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Inventing new linguistic rules, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
As part of the mythology that we created for the film,…we also had to figure what this world looked like…and what did they wear and what material…did they use for clothes or buildings?…And because we got that detailed for everything else,…we thought it would add to the fantasy element…to create all new words and linguistic rules…to further distance their world from real life.…My biggest inspiration here came from Polynesian languages,…like Tongan, Samoan, and Hawaiian.…The cultures that speak these languages have a history…of living simply and living off of the land,…which is how the people in the world of the Assurance live.…
In many of these Polynesian languages,…they'll often have a little apostrophe looking thing…called an okina that indicates a glottal stop.…A glottal stop is essentially a sudden…break in speech in the middle of a word.…For example the Samoan phrase…for "I'm sorry" is fa'amelie atau.…I'm probably pronouncing that terribly,…but that's what it is.…That break between the two A's is the okina or glottal stop.…
. 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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