How to Write a Short Film – 5 ESSENTIAL Steps

How to Write a Short Film – 5 ESSENTIAL Steps

Storytelling is essential to writing a short film… because it’s all about the story. But what are the most important elements that you should focus on when you sit down to write your short film? I break down the basics one-by-one so you can start your short film and turn it into the best story possible. How to write a short film… let’s jump into it.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT HIGHLIGHTS:

HOW TO WRITE A SHORT FILM – 5 ESSENTIAL STEPS

  1. START WRITING -or- START PLANNING
  2. DEFINE YOUR:
    1. CONCEPT/PREMISE
    2. CHARACTERS
    3. 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.

1) 2 TYPES OF WRITERS – PLANNERS & STARTERS

  • PLANNERS NEED TO OUTLINE…
  • STARTERS JUST… START!

2) CONCEPT, CHARACTERS, AND CENTRAL CONFLICT

IMPORTANT: STRONG CONCEPT OR PREMISE. KARL IGLESIAS SAYS PEOPLE CARE ABOUT YOUR STORY BASED ON THE CONCEPT.

COMPELLING CHARACTERS

  • 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 INCREASE THE CONFLICT

3) START WRITING OR RE-WRITE

4) SHOW YOUR SCRIPT TO OTHERS

ONCE YOU HAVE A SECOND OR THIRD DRAFT–SHOW OTHERS SEE HOW YOUR STORY RESONATES. COLLECT FEEDBACK… CAUTIOUSLY… LISTEN FOR EMOTIONS, BUT BE CAREFUL OF SUGGESTIONS.

5) 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… But did I miss something? Leave me comments and questions down below and I’ll give you the info you need to get started. Also, SUBSCRIBE to this channel for more videos like this one, and check out my videos on the process of writing STAR WARS: RIVALS. I’ll fill you in on all the details related to WRITING and PRODUCING our Star Wars fan film. If you LIKED this video, bash the LIKE button for me. 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.