Eliza Hittman I highly recommend watching all three of these. They make use of film as a visual medium. Visual epiphanies are just as important; so are moody moments of pure color, texture, and sound, as well as other evocative, raw images. Consider replacing non-vital dialogue with pure reactions and other meaningful, visual moments.
The key to writing a short film is to keep it simple. Focus on One Core Idea It is duly noted that there are numerous successful short films that are experimental or metaphorical or anti-structure.
And that is absolutely cool.
But whether you are exploring a heady concept or telling a conventional story — your screenplay needs to consist of one core idea and everything needs to serve that idea — every action, image and line of dialogue. You simply will not have time to explore back-story. Scope Your Story Once you have a basic story idea, there are some questions to be asked and a number of decisions to be made: What is the core idea?
What is my story about? Premise Who is it about? Protagonist What is the genre and style of my screenplay?
Who or what is giving the Protagonist grief? Antagonist What is the question of my story? Whose POV is the story told from?
What happens in my story? Plot How does it happen? Structure What is my screenplay about thematically? How can I convey my plot, action and theme in images?
Know Your Protagonist Ask yourself is — who is the story happening to, i. The Protagonist in any story is the central character, the character that the story is about and whose life is being made difficult or who simply wants something to change. They might not even necessarily be human, but they are the character the audience will be following.
Or more simply — who or what is my Antagonist? An antagonist can take many forms, anything from another character or monster to a force of nature or a council with a new bylaw. Define Your Genre Ask yourself — what type of film will this be made into? And what will the audience expect from a film in this genre?
When you get stuck, you can go back to this intention to remind yourself of your original goal. Define the Tone and Style You may also like to clarify for yourself what tone and style you have in mind, as this will influence the way you write your action and your dialogue.
Is it the protagonist or is someone else narrating the story? Focus on the Central Question What is the question that drives the action of the story?
Simple examples of such questions are Will the boy win the girl? The question of the film should be answered in some way by the conclusion of the film — even if the answer is ambiguous. The question of a short film can be tiny and very simple.
Weaving the Plot Brainstorm for possible events in the story without censoring yourself. A man goes to extreme lengths in order to keep his dog. The underlying meaning of the story known as the Theme is more difficult to identify. It infuses the characters, emotional core, and plot.
The theme can even be revealed in images, symbolism, and setting. In an idea about the man trying to keep his dog — the theme might be loneliness or the desire to be loved.
It could even be about the ridiculous nature of bureaucracy. And once you have identified what your story is about on a deeper level it can help you to improve the piece and give it unity by asking — do my images, symbols, music, motifs, scenarios and locations reflect my theme?Studios are more likely to be intrigued by a romantic comedy that also promises the kind of big screen action that a crime, adventure, sports, etc.
AN ACTION'S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. And while we're on the subject of holding the big screen, consider making your romantic comedy a MOVIE, as opposed to a stillie.
The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is a bi-annual event for comedy filmmakers and screenwriters from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Austin, Texas.
We screen short comedy films in a "back to back" format on HD Blu-Ray DVD at the Alamo Drafthouse - Lakeline in Austin.
Sep 25, · To write a script treatment, start by creating a first page with the working title and your name at the top, followed by a few sentences summarizing your script and short Views: K. In terms of a short film script, write the short that you would want to see.
Janicza Bravo, “Woman in Deep”: Having a sense of what your characters want and where they would like to be. Remy Dunagan, “Lucid”: The key to a good short film script is only writing what explicitly needs to be known. Everything else, tell it visually. You can find a class or program on sitcom writing, improv and stand up.
You can read books on comedy writing (Writing The Romantic Comedy is very good, as is What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories, and More). Tisch School of the Arts.
He also taught in The Dramatic Writing Department at NYU, the Graduate .