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Premium: Writer
Director: How to Set Up Your Story in 3 Minutes

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Copyright Info- Movie: Swing Vote, Studio: Touchstone Pictures, Director: Joshua Michael Stern, Date: 2008

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You will learn:

  • How to educate your audience in a condensed form
  • What elements to build on
  • How to pack as much story as possible into each frame
  • How to boil down the Who, What , Where, When and Why
  • How to build shot lists with your writer/director
  • How to achieve the scope
  • How to build intimate character development
  • How to transform the words on the page to the screen

As a screenwriter, you want to educate your audience on understanding the world your story takes place in as quickly as possible. In this article, you will learn how to pack as much story into every frame as possible, what key points to highlight and build on and which ones not to, how to work with your director and cinematographer to pull this feat off, and how to achieve scope as well as keeping character development intimate.

In this brave new world of telling stories, getting to the punch line, the product messaging, or the action elements as efficiently as possible is your ultimate goal.  Backstory and character development have been reduced by at least 50% on our current roster of films, commercials and documentaries. You need to grab your audience, transport them, and motivate them to take this journey. Your viewers want it boiled down, condensed, and most of all quick.  

Shane Hurlbut, ASC will take you through the thought process of working with the Writer/Director Josh Stern on Swing Vote to swiftly set up your story successfully. The collaboration, the organization, and the key elements pack this powerful amount of information into a three minute box.

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Music via Musicbed: Tony Anderson – “The Prophecy”

All videos were edited on HP Z840 workstations using HP Z24x DreamColor monitors.

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