Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Final Draft, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- [Voiceover] In the last tutorial we talked about…how writing screenplays with all the formatting rules…and all that crazy stuff…can be a little overwhelming sometimes,…so we can use software like Final Draft here…to help us with this process.…It's super clean, you can see the interface here.…It's not like Microsoft Word where you've got…like a billion things going on everywhere, yelling at you.…It's super clean, it's meant just for screenplay writing.…It's got a lot of great tools for that, really easy to do.…So we have this blank screen,…and what we're gonna do is actually…type out the first scene of The Assurance.…
We can kind of go through this process together…and also see how Final Draft makes this super easy.…The key here is using on the keyboard the enter key…on the PC or the return key on the Mac.…As we hit that, we get this context-sensitive menu…that tells us or gives us access…to all the basic components of a screenplay.…We can use these letters on a keyboard…after hitting the enter or return key…
. 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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