'Expect Everything Will Go Wrong': How to Ensure Your First Short Film is the Best it Can Be

Just because everything is bound to go wrong, doesn't mean you can't plan for when it does.

Making a short should be an easy enough thing, right? That’s what I thought when I decided this would be the year I finally shoot my own.

After my first year working at No Film School, I had seen a plethora of short films at festivals around the country and often found myself walking away thinking, “Heh, I could do so much better.” Now, I’m beginning to see that it is much, much harder than I initially expected.

After about several months of pre-production for my short The Guy, I’m finally rounding the corner to the production date. It's been rough. From losing a co-director to realizing that, no matter who I hire, I am the only one who can make sure the thing gets made, there are a lot of things that I wish I’d done differently. There are also things that I’m happy about. But even more than both of those, there are a lot of things that I’m realizing are completely out of my control. 

I first met the director/producer Hughes William Thompson a few months ago. My DP Adam Gundersheimer recommended I get in touch with him when I was struggling to keep the project moving forward. Once I watched his ingenious short, Horn, I realized this would be the best guy to talk to about pre-production on my first short. He joins me on the podcast today to discuss exactly what it takes to get your short idea off the ground and into production.

I hope you can learn a thing or two from our conversation, and that goes doubly for all my fellow first-time filmmakers out there. 

You can find the Kickstarter for my short right here. Iif you were able to relate or got any good advice out of this episode I hope you'll consider backing it! 


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This episode was produced and edited by Jon Fusco.

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