Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video My favorite screenwriting resources, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- Obviously, we can't cover everything about writing…in this series, there's so much more to learn…and there are some phenomenal resources out there.…So I wanted to take this tutorial and share with you…some of my personal favorite places to study screenwriting.…Let's start with books.…I love the Save The Cat series by Blake Snyder.…This is a common staple in Hollywood,…but a lot of the indie filmmakers I know in Seattle…despise this book.…Save The Cat attempts to fit…all successful stories and films…in just a handful of common types.…This book also details a list of story beats…that he suggests all stories should follow.…
A lot of people dismiss the book as formulaic,…but personally, I love it.…It's cheap, it's short, it's really funny,…it's full of interesting ideas, and the author was actually…a working screenwriter that sold scripts to Hollywood,…so he knew what he was talking about.…But be warned that if your sensibilities are more indie…than commercial, it might not be for you.…If you like structure but Save The Cat feels too formulaic,…
. 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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