Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Studying Hollywood prologues, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- When we wrote the original Assurance narration with Teani,…we had no idea what we were doing.…And after re-editing the film…when we re-wrote the narration with Cordea's voice,…we still didn't know what we were doing.…I remembered that having an expositional narration…is a common trope of big fantasy films.…So, I decided that I would research the prologues…and voice-overs of well-made, professional films…to see how they did things.…Now, it's important to understand…that I wasn't shirking my duties as a creator,…I wasn't looking for stuff to copy.…I was studying them.…
Looking for ways that they handled specific challenges.…Personally, I think research…or looking at reference material,…these are great ways to understand how things work.…People with bigger budgets and more talent…have already asked and answered…a lot of the questions that you probably have.…You don't have to use the same answers, necessarily,…but you can be inspired by their choices.…Also, studying what they did can help you…refine your perceptions of what works and what doesn't.…
. 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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