Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a story?, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- Before we get into the details.…let's look at the big picture.…The story.…I mean, what is a story?…You know, in preparing for this training,…I looked for one perfect, concise explanation…of what a story is, but there are actually tons of them…and not all of them agree on what a story is.…So to me, a story is an account of a person encountering…obstacles in pursuit of something they want.…Now this is obviously simplistic.…Most good stories also have themes.…Most good stories also show how the main character…was changed as a result of going through this process.…
But these three elements…a person, a goal and obstacles…are the most core components of a story.…Most of what makes a story great…is the brilliant use of these three things.…When one of them is weak, your story gets weak.…These three elements can be extremely complex,…or they can be very simple.…One time, my Uncle Dan went fishing and ran into a bear.…And, that's a story.…We tell stories all the time without even realizing it.…We consume stories everywhere,…
. 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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