Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Throwing away the best parts, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner…is credited with saying, "In writing,…"you must kill your darlings."…This idea has been cloaked in all kinds…of equally horrifying language, but the point is the same.…As writers, we have a tendency to fall in love…with the things that we write.…It might be a line of dialogue, a cool character,…a fun scene, a brilliant plot twist.…But the idea of killing darlings…is that we must be willing to sacrifice…our favorite pieces, our darlings,…for the greater good of the whole story.…
Now, I should point out that this is really for stories,…especially you standard three act,…American cinema style stories.…European cinema doesn't have such stringent rules,…so it isn't as necessary to cut and eliminate things.…On The Assurance, we had several darlings…that had to be put down, unfortunately,…and it was tough.…When we decided to do the rewrite,…we realized that we needed to focus on Korda'a.…That means that we needed to connect to her more,…so we got rid Ta'ani's narration…and rewrote new narration for Cordea.…
. 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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