We tend to think of short films as easier to make than features, but the world of short filmmaking is more like the Wild West. Not only are there more filmmakers in the game, but with a short, there’s basically no room for error if something doesn’t work.
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The podcast above covers a range of topics, including:
- Writing a short
- Finding a look for short versus a feature
- Deciding if your idea is better as a short or a feature
- Lighting a comedic short versus a dramatic short
- Visual strategies for shorts
- Transitioning from a short to a feature
If something doesn’t work in [a short], the whole thing doesn’t work.
Below are a handful of the captivating short films mentioned in the podcast. Check them out!
Bernardo’s Sundance Grand Jury Award-winning Yearbook
As a director, it is good practice to do shorts. But for a writer, it’s almost not that great because it’s a totally different approach...It’s a completely different muscle…For a short, I write as stream-of-consciousness.
Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier?
When you start, you need to figure out who your collaborators are. It’s a great way to start and build up your crew with a short. And it snowballs from there.