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

5 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
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Product Description

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

If you are an Inner Circle member please contact shelly@hurlbutvisuals.com before purchasing for a special discount.

Contains shot lists, breakdowns, and video examples.

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.

Music via Musicbed: Tony Anderson – “The Prophecy”

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

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11 reviews for Writer | Director: How to Set Up Your Story in 3 Minutes

  1. 5 out of 5


    Great Post! I loved the idea of the shot listing script exercise before we saw the prelim shot list. I was stunned of the things I was omitting to include from my list. Learned a lot from this!

  2. 5 out of 5


    I loved this last post, great.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Absolutely awesome information and the break down made me even understand it and I’m a web video guy. Ha ha.

  4. 5 out of 5


    This is great information for how to take a script and turn it into a visual plan.

  5. 5 out of 5


    This was an amazing article. Thank you Shane. Definitely going to use these tips for my Rode Short Film.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Your explanations cut through so much……. (Well you know) Thank you for making everything understandable.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Thank you so much for this articles shane!
    I am learning many things as a part of the inner circle!

  8. 5 out of 5


    Thank you Shane for your help here in clarifying my thinking and focusing my vision like a laser.

  9. 5 out of 5


    Thank you Shane for this highly valuable insight into the internal mechanics of film-making.
    I have learnt more reading this one article than watching hours of YouTube tutorials.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Thanks Shane. Invaluable stuff. I can’t get over how many shots it took to establish this 3 minute intro sequence.
    Really glad I joined the inner circle so far.

  11. 5 out of 5


    Awesome article!!!
    I did study the 5 W´s 10 years ago in film school. But the way Shane shows us is impeccable. Really easy to understand and very intuitive.
    Thanks Shane!!! Loving the inner circle!

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