Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Writing the truth, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- One of the most common adages in writing circles…is to tell the truth, which might seem…a little odd in the world of fiction.…I mean, by definition, you're writing an original story,…you're inventing it, and therefore it's not true.…But that's not what this saying is referring to.…Telling the truth speaks to the motivations…behind character behavior.…Basically, main characters do and say the things…that they would actually do and say.…The obvious and most common bad example of this…that I have seen is a lot of movies and TV shows…start with this conversation with two characters…in a room, and one of them will say stuff,…something with all this information loaded in it,…like "Oh, so tell me, sister, how is life now…"that you've been divorced for three years…"and have recently moved out here from the country…"to the big city looking for love?"…So, that would be an example of a dishonest character…behavior, because that's not how people really talk.…
They don't load their words with all…of this expositional stuff.…
. 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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