Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Using subtext, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- When people talk in real life,…they hardly ever just come out and say what they mean.…It's said that only 7% of human communication…is our actual words.…Especially when fragile emotions are involved,…we really have a tough time as a species…just saying what we mean.…Instead, we act out in sometimes seemingly unrelated ways.…We might pout or fold our arms…or look away or slam a door.…And we'll usually talk about anything else.…This is referred to as subtext.…Subtext is what we say or do beneath the surface…and implies what we really mean.…
As writers, we have a tendency,…especially during those first drafts,…to have characters say exactly what they're thinking.…They might talk about how not having a father figure…made them more dependent.…Or they might gush about how much…they love someone else.…This is called being on the nose.…In other words, expressing your feelings literally.…People just don't do this very often.…As a matter of fact, people often say the exact opposite…of what they really mean.…- You see?…That is just like you, Harry.…
. 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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