Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Showing, not telling, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- Along with telling the truth,…another popular writing adage is to show, not tell.…This basically means that it's better to have an…audience see things,…and put pieces together,…rather than just be told something.…It's so much more engaging and satisfying…to see something and figure it out,…rather than to have it spelled out, told to you.…In To Kill A Mockingbird, when Atticus Finch prepares…to leave the courtroom,…all the people in the rafters stand in respect for all…he's done for their community.…It's a very moving and powerful image,…and it means a lot more than if someone in the rafters…simply told Scout, hey we all respect Atticus Finch a lot,…right guys?…It doesn't quite pack the same punch.…
A film is a medium of moving pictures,…so it's important that your film is,…you know, well, filmic.…You know, even if your short film doesn't have a story,…it still needs to be an experience with visuals…and movement.…If your story is told in dialogue,…it would probably make a better play than a movie.…In the world of cinema,…
. 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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