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Five Dos and Donts For Writing Your Short Film

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement It’s tempting to take advantage of the freedom a short film provides by experimenting with narrative. By all means, go for it – don’t let parameters stifle your voice. But at the same time, if your end goal is to use the short as an example of your ability to tell a story, it befits you to make sure your script makes sense. Go too wild with experimentation, and you’ve lost the audience. The short film provides you a limited time to showcase your talent – whether it’s five minutes or twenty, keeping it simple will make the most of that time frame.Don’t treat it like a prologue for a featureThis one may be met with some flak, but hear me out. What this means is: keep your focus on the short at hand, for the sake of the short. Yes, if all goes well, the end goal will be a feature, and maybe this short is the starting off point.READ MORE Login/Register With: There are numerous ways to describe your short film: your “calling card,” your “big break,” your “foot in the door.” Needless to say, having a solid short film (or two or three) in your arsenal is key to moving on to longer-form storytelling.But the short needs a starting point, a blueprint. It needs a script. And just because it’s shorter in length than a feature screenplay doesn’t mean it’s any easier. In fact, writing a short comes with its own unique set of challenges that arguably make it just as trying as writing full-length. Inspired by ScreenCraft’s new Short Screenplay E-Course, we’ve collected some useful tips to help you navigate the often timultuous path that is writing your short film script.Do keep it simpleRestraint is key. Make it about a moment. Whether it’s a scene or a few scenes, avoiding unnecessary complication in your narrative is crucial. Keeping it simple and contained still allows plenty of room for a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Go back to basics: a character has a goal, someone or something is stopping her/him from achieving that goal. That’s a story. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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