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How to Write a Short Film in 5 Steps – How YOU Can Write a Short Film
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Jay gives screenwriting advice on how to write a short film in just 5 steps. Storytelling is essential to writing a short film. But what are the most important elements that you should focus on? Jay breaks them down, one-by-one.
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HOW TO WRITE A SHORT FILM IN 5 STEPS:
1. START WRITING -or- START PLANNING
2. DEFINE YOUR:
– CENTRAL CONFLICT
3. START WRITING -or- RE-WRITE WITH THE CONCEPT, YOUR CHARACTERS, AND YOUR CENTRAL CONFLICT NOW BETTER DEFINED.
4. SHOW YOUR WORK TO OTHERS FOR FEEDBACK
5. RE-WRITE AGAIN
What’s up, Storytellers…
On today’s video, I’ll explain How to Write a Short Film. And if you want more details about the process of writing and producing science fiction and fantasy stories… SUBSCRIBE to this channel and check out more of our videos.
2 TYPES OF WRITERS – PLANNERS & STARTERS
PLANNERS NEED TO OUTLINE…
STARTERS JUST… START!
STRONG CONCEPT OR PREMISE
KARL IGLESIAS DEFINITION
PEOPLE CARE ABOUT YOUR STORY BASED ON THE CONCEPT
WHAT DO YOUR CHARACTERS WANT?
WHAT DO THEY NEED?
WHAT’S THEIR GOAL?
WHO OR WHAT WILL GET IN THE WAY OF THEM ACHIEVING THAT GOAL?
AN INTRIGUING CENTRAL CONFLICT
STORIES ARE BUILT ON CONFLICT
ALWAYS UP THE CONFLICT
ONCE YOU HAVE THOSE 3 THINGS… START WRITING OR RE-WRITE
ONCE YOU HAVE A SECOND OR THIRD DRAFT–SHOW OTHERS
SEE HOW YOUR STORY RESONATES WITH OTHERS
COLLECT FEEDBACK… CAUTIOUSLY…
LISTEN FOR EMOTIONS, BUT BE CAREFUL OF SUGGESTIONS
RE-WRITE, RE-WRITE, RE-WRITE…
A COUPLE PRO TIPS:
USE SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE–IT’S MORE PROFESSIONAL AND EASIER TO FORMAT CORRECTLY
KEEP YOUR SCREENPLAY AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE
THINK ABOUT YOUR BUDGET–ESPECIALLY FOR FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION STORIES…
MAKE SURE YOU ACTUALLY WRITE A STORY – EVEN SHORT FILMS NEED A BEGINNING, A MIDDLE, AND AN END…
That should cover the basics of how to write a short film…
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And that LAST Pro Tip I mentioned? READ more short film scripts and WATCH short films online. That will teach you the difference between an amazing script and a terrible one.