Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Seeing from an audience's point of view, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- As I eluded to earlier in this chapter,…it's so hard when you're typing words on a page to…predict how those words will hit an audience.…So, one of the things I recommend during the rewrite,…especially if your story isn't very straightforward,…is to a rewrite pass just focusing on what it will…be like for an audience to see your film.…Young filmmakers often think that because something…means something to them,…that it will mean the same thing to an audience.…For example, if you have a character take out their diary,…and then burn it.…What does that mean?…You might think that it means that they hate their old life,…and they're ready to start fresh,…but an audience might think that means something else,…maybe that they're hiding something from their past.…
I see young independent filmmakers do this very often,…where something as simple as picking up a pen or…whatever signifies somehow,…this huge deep thought process,…like they've realized the futility of life,…and they are no longer gonna be like their parents,…
. 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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