Sunday, January 13, 2019
Mikel Wisler's workshop: "Screenwriting for Short Films"
Mikel Wisler does a workshop (April 2016) on “Screenwriting for Short Films: How to Structure Your Plot”
Wisler presents a trailer for “Parallel”, a sci-fi, before explaining how the Internet – especially YouTube – have changed our expectations of short film.
He describes the three act structure for storytelling. This is the proverbial beginning, middle and end, with a drop-off at the climax.
He mentions the idea of setting up the “rules” for your world, like inside an O’Neill Cylinder. You need a provocative or exciting incident very quickly.
Wisler’s website is “Stories by the River”.
The key point for a short film occurs at about 34:05.
I wonder how his remarks apply to Carter Smith’s “Bugcrush” (2006).