Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Writing a pickup scene, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- After we filmed The Assurance and I had done some editing,…we realized that the story just wasn't super clear.…And as is often the case with less mature writers,…I thought we'd fix it by writing yet another scene.…This is called the pickup scene.…In the original version that we shot,…there were a few problems.…We cut right from the hut to the common area scene.…It's kind a jarring, and with the way that we shot it,…especially the cart, it wasn't super clear where Cordea was.…This was a directing blunder on my part.…Also, the magic that Teani uses still kind of felt…like the deus ex machina we talked about earlier.…
There wasn't really anything in the first half of the movie…that suggested this world was magical,…so it felt kind of forced when it came in later.…And the last big thing that was missing…was a real, strong act one.…We never really got to see these girls happy and close,…so their bond didn't seem particularly solid.…So we wrote a scene that we called scene seven B…that was to take place between the original…
. 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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