August 19th, 2011
That’s the name of a great article I read at timesonline.co.uk just a minute ago.
Here’s a link.
Two quick take-home points:
Know your goal in making an Independent Short Film. As mentioned on this blog numerous times in the past, Independent Short Films are often a touchpoint for networking with others in the industry (at festivals, for example) and planning other projects such as features.
Keep it short. There’s a reason why it’s called a short film. Wikipedia tells us, “There is no clear definition of the maximum length of a short film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences classify it as 40 minutes, while the Internet Movie Database refer to any film lasting less than 45 minutes as a short subject.” Your 45-minute short film might technically qualify by some standards, but if a festival organizer has to choose between screening your film or 12-15 other films, my money would be on the others. Here’s a good rule of thumb: The longer your short film is, the more exceptionally remarkable it must be in order to justify its length.
The rest of the article deals with elements of story. At the end, there’s a link to a sales page for the book that inspired the article. I have no connection with the book or the article, but I’ve heard good things about the people behind the book, from shootingpeople.org so if you ever get your hand on a copy, let me know how it is.
Until next time.
Originally posted 2009-12-11 18:43:59.